Humor Helps Lasting Relationships
Laughter is an essential ingredient in a healthy relationship. Everyone knows that successful relationships always have the key elements of mutual respect and kindness, but did you know that shared laughter is a great predictor of relationship success? Marriage and Family Therapist Kelly Hoffman shared why laughter is important and also how to add the fun without going too far.
1. Don’t use sarcasm or put downs. DO be witty. The difference? Are you trying to make the other person look bad or just point out a funny/ironic/silly side to the situation? Pointing out a non-emotionally charged fact that causes laughter is GREAT! Its call wit and we pay people to be witty and make us laugh. Do be witty every chance you get. Laughter that you get because you cause everyone else to laugh AT someone else is not cool, but is VERY not cool when that someone else is your partner. There is no safety in sarcasm and mockery, and no relationship without feelings of safety.