My parents raised eight kids, and many times I’d overhear someone ask them “WHAT’S YOUR SECRET?”
Invariably my parents would both answer “A sense of humor!”
Whether you have one child or many kiddos under your roof, it’s true that laughter, humor, and finding the joy in the mundane, the crazy, the stressful, is a key to happiness in any marriage and every family.
My husband and I have a favorite date night that we try to go on once a year. It’s an outing that we remember long after it’s over, and we’d both tell you it’s on the list of “best things we do for our marriage” each year.
We go see the comedian Brian Regan live…for one of the most uproarious nights of the year.
For those of you unfamiliar, Brian Regan is a comedian who’s developed a reputation for not only being off the chain funny, but he’s also remarkably clean with his on stage humor.
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in my whole life as I did the first time I saw Regan on stage. The Hubs and I both laughed so hard that our ribs hurt. Our stomachs ached. Tears streamed down our faces. We gasped for air.
…and we left the show feeling so. so. SO. refreshed.
Laughter has a unique ability to cleanse the soul, to make everything seem just a little bit more “right” and good. It’s cathartic. It’s therapeutic. And in a relationship as stressful as this thing we call marriage and family life, laughter is necessary.
Last weekend when we saw Brian Regan on stage for the third time in our four years of marriage, we had had a particularly stressful day. In fact our whole week had been so insanely busy and stressful that at more than one point one of us had looked at the other and said “should we give the tickets away to friends and just stay home this time?”
I’m so glad we decided to go anyway. Because the stressed, exhausted married couple who walked into the Brian Regan show in Charlotte last weekend walked out with happy tear stains on their cheeks, sore ribs from shaking with laughter, and happy, joyful, carefree hearts. We felt more connected to each other, and refreshed about life.
It’s not every day that your husband is so doubled over with laughter that he has to support his head on your shoulder. It’s not every day that you gasp for breath and grab your stomach and know you need to breath but hope his next line is equally as funny.
It’s so good y’all. So good and so needed.
So if you and your spouse ever have a chance to see Brian Regan or any other great comedian live on stage…just do it. Go, laugh, and be recharged body, mind, and spirit.
“A joyful heart is good medicine” – Proverbs 17:22
For kicks and giggles, here are some of our favorite Brian Regan shows: