The Role Of Laughter IN A MARRIAGE
Heartfulness eMagazine|December 2020
DR. ICHAK ADIZES explores the qualities of a successful marriage, especially the vital roles of laughter and humor.
DR. ICHAK ADIZES

I have been observing long-term marriages that seem to be happy marriages, and wondering what it is that keeps them together in this turbulent world we live in, where the divorce rate is high. I found a common denominator: they laugh a lot. The couples have incredible senses of humor.

Then, I watched some successful executives. The culture in their companies was not as stressed as one would expect. They were really not that sophisticated in their management or leadership either. The common denominator? They had a great sense of humor.

What is going on? Humor disarms.

Laughter is evoked when one exaggerates a phenomenon until it looks ridiculous. The phenomenon has, at its core, something which is true, which is then exaggerated. It becomes like a cartoon. Thus, it is funny.

Humor relaxes. Humor releases negative energy.

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