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How to Improve Your Sense of Humor For Your Relationship

March 20, 2009

Learning how to improve your sense sense of humor can make your relationship a much happier and enjoyable one. Every relationship has its ups and downs, but a sense of humor in your relationship can make all the difference in how the “downs” are handled and affect you and your partner. The more we’re able to laugh at the minor annoyances in life, the better we’re able to to cope with the major ones.

Since I am married to quite possibly the funniest guy in the world, there are many situations where being able to laugh at ourselves and the situation have helped us deal with our problems without fighting or getting angry. There are times when many other people would be screaming or yelling at each other in high stressful times – we just laugh at it most of the time.

You don’t have to be a comedian or the joking type to be able to have a good sense of humor in your relationship. For some, especially when under a lot of stress or pressure, it can be tough to remember to laugh once in awhile. While some things do need to be taken seriously, we have to remember we also need to NOT take everything so seriously all the time if we ever want to enjoy the “good stuff in life”.

If you and your partner can use some help seeing the funny side of things, here are some tips on how to improve your sense of humor:

1. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Many years ago I read a great little book called Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love, which is filled with great little tips on how to make your relationships happier. The best advice in the entire book for improving your sense of humor is the title itself: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Being able to overlook the little things and not making a big deal out of them can help make it a lot easier to laugh instead of getting angry.

2. Look for Funny Opportunities: Often times there are funny things that happen around us all the time but we miss it. There are funny things to laugh about around us all of the time. Looking for things like this and spotting them can help you find funny things to laugh at more.

3. Watch Funny Shows & Movies Together: There’s plenty of funny romantic movies you can watch together or you can watch a comedy show on TV. We absolutely love the show Flight of the Conchords – it makes us laugh every time!

4. Laugh at Yourself: A lot of times we don’t realize what funny things we do. Other times we may be embarrassed or self conscious about what we did. But when you’re able to laugh at yourself, it makes you put a lot of the dumb things we do into the grand perspective of life – and most of the time these little mistakes here and there aren’t really that big of a deal. Learning about humor writing can be a good way to learn how to laugh at yourself as well.

5. Be a Goofy Romantic: In my list of ways to say I Love You I’ve got all sorts of crazy, goofy ways to say I love you. A block of cheese, your breakfast cereal, a rock – they’re all silly ways to add a little humor to your relationship. Don’t be afraid to be a little silly or act like a kid again sometimes – you’ll be surprised how lightening up can make a difference in your overall happiness in your relationship.

Learning how to improve your sense of humor and be able to laugh at things in your relationship is important. Many problems and arguments can be avoided if you learn to laugh a little bit more.

Have any suggestions on improving your sense of humor? Has been being able to laugh at things affected your relationship in a positive manner? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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