What have I learned from my parents' relationship? I've learned that life is too short for it to be serious all of the time, that I should always take time out of everyday to laugh with the people I love, and that you can never tell someone that you love them too much. So, mom, dad, thank you for showing me how two people can be happy for over 30 years just enjoying each other's company.
For more information about the effects of laughter on relationship satisfaction, see the following research articles:
- Bazzini, D. G., Stack, E. R., Martincin, P. D., & Davis, C. P. (2007). The effects of reminiscing about laughter on relationship satisfaction. Motivation and Emotion, 31, 25- 34.
- Lauer, R. Lauer, J., & Kerr, S. T. (1990). The long-term marriage: Perceptions of stability and satisfaction. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 30, 189- 195.
- Ziv, A. (1988). Humor's role in married life. Humor, 1, 223- 229.
- Ziv, A., & Gadish, O. (1989). Humor in marital satisfaction. The Journal of Social Psychology, 129, 759- 768.