The best gift for Valentine's Day is Laughter
Simon and I have been in a relationship together longer than we were apart. Reflecting on our 25 years together, we have realised the best medicine for our relationship to be successful has been laughter. Having the ability to laugh at ourselves, and together.
Laughter is a great stress relief, especially laughter that creates tears and face ache, hold your stomach, shake, and sometimes roll down onto the floor. It makes you more resilient, brings you closer together as it is tremendous for your emotional and physical wellbeing, and of course, laughter creates intimacy between a couple.
Simon is a very funny guy; it is the quiet ones you have to be aware of! Very quick off the mark, and I often say I don’t know how he thinks of what he does so quickly. We were having an intimate moment on the couch a couple of weeks ago, and talking about when we first fell in love. I asked the question, “So when did you really first know that you fell in love with me?” Answer, straight off the mark, “Oh, about a week ago!”
These are the moments we remember, and create such a strong bond between us. When you can laugh with each other, it is a barrier against any stress, disagreements, or difficult times occurring within your relationship. Let’s face it, when you laugh, the whole world laughs with you because laughter is extremely contagious.
We can buy all the gifts in the world for one another, but receiving a gift when we are not in a great place together is like walking through the snow in bare feet. Cold and uncomfortable. The best gifts you can give each other are compliments, loyalty, fun, happiness, and laughter. Time spent together, sometimes to escape the world, turn off the tv, and communicate are key to any special relationships. How long has it been since you played together? It is important to talk about your relationship, not work, or your children. Be able to share what is important to you, and to each other, oh and to laugh and have fun together. Make every day Valentine's day with the gift of laughter.