Are you tired of "adulting?"
Are the ups and downs of real life stealing the fun from your marriage?
You would be surprised the answers I get from women and couples when I ask them when was the last time they really laughed with their spouse, went on a date, or had fun like they used to!!!!
I get it! There are lots of valid excuses, BUT I want to give you a reason to change all that...
....so, I am bringing back the "Summer Fun Couples Challenge" for the 2nd year and it's FREE!
So now you REALLY have no excuse.
Perfect for all ages and stages of marriage and life... just a simple way to bring back the fun and make some memories.
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Who couldn't use more fun??? Share this link with a friend and do it together!
P.S. You can have fun anytime! No need to join the friendly competition or participate during the challenge. Sign up and got all the free ideas and printables to use on your own anytime.
Tiffany Jo Baker MA, CLC
Are you a people watcher? Sometimes I just love to sit on a bench in the mall, at a park or in an airport and just watch people. I wonder who they are, where they are going and what has happened in their life. You can assume a lot from people watching. I often look for people who look happy. Those that are really being present in the moment and enjoying their life. You can see those that are sad, frustrated, stressed and happy. I have lived long enough to know that a smile can mask a lot.
According to a 2017 Harris Poll only 33% of Americans said they were happy. That's only 1/3 of our neighbors, church friends, co-workers and family. This is a sad statistic, but also probably very realistic. So many of us are going through the motions, striving, working, living, loving, but we are missing a crucial part of life...joy.
The reality is so disheartening and detrimental that the field of Psychology is beginning to understand the importance of happiness. There is a new branch of Psychology called Positive Psychology- the science of happiness. This isn't the surface level of happiness that we are used to hearing about, but the deeper form that we believers know as joy.
God made us to enjoy life. The words joy, rejoice and joyful appear 430 times in the Bible (ESV).
There are so many health benefits. According to Positive Psychology happiness and laughter:
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
One study shows when people watch a funny move, their blood vessels open and their blood flows more freely. Another study shows that 40% of Americans rarely engage in hobbies and past-times they enjoy.
So here are some ways to increase laughter in your life:
1. Call your funny friend, or the 1 that loves to laugh too.
2. Go see a funny movie.
3. Try something fun and new and laugh along the way.
Jewish Proverb- "As soap is to the body, so laughter is to the soul."
Maybe you are in a valley right now and you can't even imagine laughing until you pee your pants. Where do you start? Spend time with God. I know this sounds so easy and trite, but it really is the answer to most of our stuff. Psalms 16:11 says, "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."
We are filled with joy in His presence. It's a deeply spiritual, yet basic foundational benefit to our salvation and relationship with the Lord.
So today, I wish you happiness, laughter, and joy. Find your funny again. Get your joy back. If you have it already, protect it at all cost.
The joy of the Lord is your strength! Nehemiah 8:10
Tiffany Jo Baker MA, CLC
Tiffany Jo Baker is a 3x surrogate, speaker, coach, confidante and cheerleader to help you birth your dreams.
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