The Importance of Laughter
Laughter is a universal human concept. It’s been around since the beginning of human history, though humor itself has evolved. Shakespeare wrote plays with comedy that today might not illicit as much laughter today, but there’s not denying that humor is still important.
There may not be as many clowns or slapstick around today, but comedians are still wildly popular, and funny movies are all the rage.
Romance is often seen as a solemn and serious thing, but that is not how it has to be. So, how can humor come in to play in a relationship?
It allows you to know each other
When you partner with a matchmaker, you may not think about laughing. You might think about someone’s intelligence, or their looks, or their compassion. But humor is incredibly important when you’re just starting to date someone.
Humor reflects more than just an ability to make someone laugh. It reflects worldviews, intelligence, and personality. When you joke around with someone, you are not simply making small talk or killing time. You are learning about the other person. Humor can be a great way to do that in a way that doesn’t make you nervous.
It builds memories
Think about the last time you laughed really hard. It was probably when you were surrounded by people you care about. Something happened that evoked enough laughter for you to still remember it today.
Funny moments are not just amusing. Laughter is an expression of emotion – an emotion that can latch on to your brain. When you experience laughter with your significant other, you are building memories that can last a lifetime. Because of this, laughter is like the glue in a photo album. Laughter keeps the memories in your brain as you build a life together.
It helps you bond
When you laugh with someone – when both of you laugh – you are sharing an emotion with them. It’s like sharing a meal, or an experience. Think of laughter as a thread that can stitch two people together.
Strong emotions are often the key to bonding two people. Maybe something scary happens that help you connect, or maybe you face a loss that you and your partner get through together. Joy is a strong emotion as well. Use laughter as a way to grow even closer together as you make your way through life.
It gives life to the mundane
Everyone faces the mundane in their life. That might be in the form of vacuuming around the house, or mowing the lawn, or cleaning the cat’s litterbox. But all of these things can be bright moments in your relationship. All of them can be funny.
Maybe you do a weird dance when you vacuum, or contort your face in a strange way while mowing the lawn, or sing a strange song when emptying the litterbox. You can find laughter in even the smallest moment – and grow with your partner.
Laughter can be underrated. So, embrace it with your partner every day.