25 Lessons from 25 Years of Marriage, pt 8

25 Lessons from 25 Years of Marriage, pt 8

laughing older couple

SERIES NOTE:  Since one of the most read posts I’ve published was about how Theresa and I stayed married for 25 years so far, here’s a series of 25 lessons I’ve learned in that 25 years!  I’ll be posting twice weekly – Mondays and Wednesdays – with this series.  And Fridays will be something fun/different.

15. Laughing together is very good

My Theresa loves to laugh.  Our senses of humor are markedly different, but she laughs often and fully – with friends, our children, and me.

While humor is not the primary quality I would advise someone prioritize when seeking a spouse, it does help.  And, to be honest, a good sense of humor is founded on other, deeper things.  Humility allows you to laugh at your own foibles.  Curiosity may allow someone to laugh at a variety of styles of ‘funny.’  Tact allows you to laugh quietly and politely at a less-than-stellar joke as an act of community more than an act of personal appreciation of the humor in the joke.

Having these deeper qualities that enhance and serve as the foundation of humor is far more important than either the desire to laugh at anything someone might say or the pursuit of making everyone around you laugh.

When it comes to marriage, a lifetime together will produce plenty of funny moments.

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