The Power of Play

Thursday, November 22, 2012

As children, we tend to laugh freely and play often, but unfortunately, as we grow and mature, the frequency with which we lose ourselves to joyful abandon sadly diminishes.  I suggest that doesn't have to be the case. 

I’m sure you've heard it said that “Laughter is the best medicine.”  Modern pharmaceutical companies may want to disagree, but there really is something to that phrase.  Laughter lifts the spirits, energizes us and changes the mood of almost any situation.  To me, that sure seems like a great remedy for our tired bodies…or marriages! 

“A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired” (Proverbs 17:22, msg.)

Don’t underestimate the power that play has in your marriage.  Roy and I have discovered that doing things that we enjoy together is a great way to connect.  Even silly play that results in laughter has become a wonderful part of our relationship.  We enjoy many things together, but there is one rather ridiculous game we began a couple of years ago.  I’m not sure how it started really…however, I’m glad it did, for we have had many, many joyful moments because of it...To continue reading, please join me over at Water to Wine Marriage 

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9 comments

  1. I'm going to hop over but wanted to say that ...laughter is the best medicine. I agree!

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  2. Great Debbie, thanks! I'll check the comments at Water to Wine. :-)

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  3. Love this: "Laughter lifts the spirits, energizes us and changes the mood of almost any situation. To me, that sure seems like a great remedy for our tired bodies…or marriages!" I couldn't agree more! Sometimes I have to beg my husband to stop making me laugh - but yes, the exercise invigorates!


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  4. What a hoot, Joan! (Or maybe peep, peep??)


    A great idea - having fun together is a great way to bond. When my husband and I were remodeling our old house we had this rubber rat that we used to hide around the house. It was quite fun - as most of the time, I was *unsettled* by its appearance, and had to reassure myself that it was indeed the FAKE one!


    GOD BLESS!

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  5. Oh, the power of play- YES- my husband and I just rediscovered that when we spent a week hiking together and laughing and just doing two-some things-- an incredible treat as parents of five who are used to playing Candyland with preschoolers rather than focusing on playing together.

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  6. Laughter & playing -- I definitely could use more of both! Thanks for the reminder, for the great post & for hosting, & God bless!

    Laurie
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/

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  7. Thank you, Rina! Laughter not only cheers the spirit, but as you said, it invigorates!! Blessings!

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  8. I must say...I'm glad our game only involves a duck! lol The rubber rat would send me running for sure!! Thanks for stopping by today, Sharon!

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  9. Those times together are so important! Taking time together in play or just quite moments one on one will always strengthen your bond and...re-energize you for when you get back to your 5 little ones! Blessings!

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