PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: How Can You Keep Humor In Your Relationship?

Recently even Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani poked fun at the way they found each other during a Super Bowl commercial for T-Mobile. So how can you find a way to incorporate humor into your relationship and your daily life to take the sting out of all the stressors you are experiencing?

Believe it or not, the first thing to do is to give yourself permission to laugh despite what is going on in the country and the world. Some people think they have to be serious because of all the suffering taking place, and may even feel guilty for being lighthearted.

But the shows we find the funniest and the comedians we embrace are the ones illustrating how to laugh at ourselves and each other. They have learned through their own hardships and demonstrate to the rest of us the value of humor, even if it is self-deprecating, to cope with the negatives—our own and those in our relationships. We look to them for comic relief, and can actually model our behavior after them to use poking at ourselves and our loved ones as a way to ease tension and release anger.

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