Beach Balls, Chopsticks, & Ping Pong Balls…Oh My!!
What do beach balls, chopsticks, and ping pong balls have in common? They teach us an important lesson about marriage. What? Really? Yes indeed. It’s true. They teach us to bring laughter into our marriages. When spouses laugh together they report feeling more supported and cared for by one another (Couples Who Do This Together are Happier). They also report greater relationship satisfaction and connection. (The Effect of Reminiscing about Laughter on Relationship Satisfaction) In addition, a review of 230 baseball players revealed genuine smiles could lead to a longer life! (Grinning for a Longer Life) Wouldn’t that be a wonderful gift to give your spouse—a longer life for both of you? Smiling and laughter can even reduce stress (Smile It’s Good for Your Heart & LOL-On Safari for the Elusive Smile), making it easier to recover from moments of conflict.
So, whether you do a beach ball ballet,
the Tissue Box Bop,
or wisely use chopsticks like the Chinese, bring a little laughter into your marriage. You won’t regret it!
PS-If you missed our couple’s retreat P.L.A.Y. Rx you missed learning more about the joys of play, laughter, adventure, yearning, and rest for your marriage. But, here are some pictures of the times we shared. Hope to see you next year.