One of the best parts of marriage is you always have someone to play with. Honestly, just because we’re adults it doesn’t mean we have to be serious all of the time. It is super important to have fun! A few weeks ago, we went to Candytopia and it was a great experience. We played like kids for an hour, got inspired by the candy art, and laughed at our foolishness. We embraced the motto: Forever Young.
Having fun with your spouse is so beneficial to the relationship. It promotes happiness, togetherness, friendship, trust, partnership. Boredom, on the other hand, can be a factor in the death of a relationship. It can create the feeling of something missing, drifting apart and could be an excuse to look outside of the marriage for excitement or companionship. And we don’t want that.
Laugh more – laughter is a natural reliever of stress and anxiety.
“[Being playful] helps couples connect, de-stress, and it acts as an important repair technique when couples are feeling tense over conflict,” says Julienne Derichs, a licensed marriage and family therapist with Couples Counseling Today. “Laughter and teasing can help de-escalate the conflict and help you remember that you actually like each other.”
Research shows that an increase in playtime decreases stress and tension and increases joy and intimacy. But don’t just take my word for it, put it to the test for yourself and let me know if you agree. I’m also always interested in ideas for what to do for fun. How do you prioritize play?