“I don’t understand why this is so difficult!” I mumbled under my breath as I was washing the huge pile of dishes in the sink. He knows I hate when he leaves food in the bowls and then puts them in the sink! Why doesn’t he just do what I ask him to do?! It would be so much easier on me if he would stop doing this!
If you know me really well, you know I despise doing dishes. I would rather scrub the toilet with a toothbrush than touch a dirty dish that has been sitting in the sink for days. Just something about the smelly water and old food stains makes me want to hurl. My husband hates doing laundry just as much as I hate doing dishes. So, we finally ended up making an agreement. He does the dishes, I do the laundry.
We had an extremely busy week, so the housework was put on the back burner. The laundry was piled high and so were the dishes. As much as I hate doing dishes, I don’t like seeing them piled up either. It makes the whole house smell! Steven had some studying he had to do, so I took over the dishes for him this time. There had been plenty of times that he did the laundry for me, so I wanted to help him out.
Long story short, I ended up being a brat (the usual!). I snapped at him for leaving food in the bowls, and it turned into an argument. I shouldn’t have even gotten mad since he had done the laundry for me many times before, but you couldn’t tell me that at the time. We were late for church, so I was already annoyed about that. The dishes were just the icing on the cake!
The funny thing is, though, in the middle of our argument I got this weird feeling that I needed to laugh. I was so mad, but yet I was laughing! Looking at me, Steven couldn’t contain himself. We both started laughing with tears rolling down our cheeks. We had no clue why were laughing!
Soon enough, we forgot what we were even arguing about!
Laughter broke the tension between us and kept us from arguing. It dissolved the conflict right then and there.
I believe wholeheartedly that laughter is one of the best remedies for a broken marriage.
My husband and I love to laugh together (even when we aren’t arguing!). I know you’ve heard the quote “Laughter is the best medicine”, and it’s true! When we laugh with our spouse, we are connecting. We are bonding. We have joy!
Marriage is a friendship. It means having someone to stand by your side through the good, bad and ugly. It means having someone to lift your spirits when you’re discouraged and making you laugh even when you don’t feel like it. Laughter can get me out of the deepest pits of depression and despair, and I believe it can do wonders for your marriage too.
God wants us to laugh with our spouse! He wants us to enjoy each other all of our days. I truly believe He has a great sense of humor Himself, and wants us to have one too!
If you and your spouse are going through a rough time, laugh with each other! When you feel like arguing or when things aren’t going your way, make each other laugh. Watch funny videos, tell funny stories, or reminisce on old memories that make you giggle every time you hear them. Love each other well! I can guarantee you won’t regret it.
How has laughter benefited your marriage? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!