At the end of a busy day, a man and his wife were sitting at home on the veranda in the quiet of twilight, broken only by the sounds of the gentle wind and the swash of the waves. They were enjoying a glass of wine together.
As the sun slowly sank below the mountains, she broke the soothing silence saying, “I love you so much I don’t know I could ever live without you.”
The husband, a tad surprised, asks, “Is that you or the wine talking?”
She replies, “It’s me … talking to the wine.”
And the two burst out laughing!
Source: Recycled and retold by Philip Chircop sj
Learning to laugh a little more just may save your life, not to mention your marriage. To paraphrase Henry Ward Beecher, “A marriage without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs – jolted by every pebble in the road.”
Still not convinced? Listen to these other voices:
- Laughter is an “instant vacation”. | Bob Hope
- You can’t stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh.” | Jay Leno
- We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh. | Agnes Repplier