In honor of the upcoming release of “The Respect Dare” (hitting bookstores December 11, 2012!), I have been asked to share one tip for wives who desire to display respect to their husbands. So I decided to focus on the one I’m learning right now!
Laugh. Laugh with him, laugh at his jokes, watch corny movies and laugh with him! If your relationship is anything like ours, the two of you likely are different when it comes to your sense of humor. Actually, we are VERY different in that area. In the past, much to my shame, I have been one of those wives that sighed in frustration and rolled her eyes when hubby began telling some of his cornier jokes.
Then the Spirit opened up my ears. Something happened – don’t remember what – and hubby and I were sharing a good belly laugh. He hugged me and told me, “I just love to see you smile and I especially love to see you laugh! Makes me feel like I’m doing something right.” And it hit me – he told those corny jokes to try and get me to laugh because it made him feel good. It made him feel like I was happy with him and in our relationship! I don’t have a perfect track record in this area and may never get to perfection. But I have become much more aware of how much my laughter touches him. I’ve even sought out reasons for us to laugh together!
So the next time hubby is telling someone the same joke you’ve heard a hundred times, watch the faces of the others around you and steal some of their enjoyment if need be. Rent a silly movie and ask him to watch it with you. Whatever you choose to do, find a way to enjoy a laugh with your man. It releases endorphins which makes you feel happier which means you will associate a feeling of happiness with being around your hubby. Bonus!