Remember to Have Fun

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).

How long has it been since you really had fun with your husband? How long has it been since you shared a good belly laugh? Couples who have fun together have better marriages.

I read a book on marriage that offered some good advice. Avoid issues you and your mate disagree on or have conflicts about when you have set aside a time for fun. Work on difficult issues later!

What do the two of you consider fun?

—Talking. You can share goals, dreams, wishes and hopes for the future. Just make sure the pressure to “do them soon” is off.

—Remembering. Make sure the memories are good ones for both of you. Do not bring up past failures.

—Compliments. The other day, I asked my friend if his wife had fallen in love with him because of his dimples.
He said glumly, “We’ve been married 15 years, and she has never mentioned them.” This wife has a great opportunity.

—Planning future fun. Talk about going out together.
Looking forward to something is almost as much fun as doing it.

Enjoy who you are. Cherish your differences. My husband and I don’t like the same sports or activities. So, we have fun enjoying our differences. Life goes better if we keep it light. Being able to relax, laugh and be yourself with someone doesn’t cost anything, but it is indeed a lot of fun!

Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.

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Maxim of the Moment

I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. - George Burns