But for busy parents, taking the time to share a laugh can be hard to come by. Perhaps you’re both working long hours and too exhausted to talk, let alone think of something funny to say by the time you get home. Or maybe there’s been tension lately, so much so that you can’t remember the last time you cracked a smile, let alone laughed with your partner.
It’s important to try to find the humor in any situation, no matter how busy and stressful things get. Here are a few fun-filled ideas that will help you stay connected and keep your relationship—and sense of humor—intact.
If you’ve both been so busy lately that your evening routine consists of takeout and TV, no problem. Just throw in a funny flick once in a while. Choose a movie you both will find amusing, then sit back and let the hilarity ensue. A good comedy will get you both laughing and possibly snuggling—even if you both pass out before it’s over.
Try Something New
Always wanted to learn to surf? Is bungee jumping or skydiving on your list of lifetime to-dos? Even if you’re not a thrill seeker and your idea of “living dangerously” involves trying that new recipe from your co-worked, trying something new together is bound to garner a few laughs. From learning a new dance to taking the plunge with surf lessons, getting out of your comfort zone can be refreshing and fun.
Keep in mind that with any new pursuit, you’re bound to stumble and fall. A hard blow to someone’s pride just isn’t that funny. So make sure that you don’t laugh too hard at your partner’s expense, and try something that neither of you has done, so you get to take turns looking a little foolish.
Tell More Stories
If you’ve been together so long by now that you’re convinced you’ve told each other every last story you’ve got up your sleeve, think again. Just look for the humor that’s in front of your face.
Talk about your day more, chat about your crazy co-workers, or rehash some old times you’ve had with each other. Talking more in general will naturally bring about more opportunities to tickle each other’s funny bones—without even trying.