How do the Obamas avoid divorce? LAUGHTER (and mutual respect)

How does Barack and Michelle Obama avoid divorce? LAUGHTER!

In case you are wondering how the Obamas keep their marriage solid and avoid divorce, they laugh together. Michelle Obama gave an interview recently, it sounds like it was on Live with Regis and Kelly where she talked about her relationship with the President. Here’s Yahoo News, in part:

Laughter and mutual respect are the key to marital bliss

WASHINGTON – Here’s Michelle Obama’s advice for couples this Valentine’s Day: laugh with your partner.
She says it’s what she and President Barack Obama do, and it seems to be working. Their marriage, although tested throughout the years by his political ambitions — for the Illinois Senate, the U.S. Senate and later president — is going on 19 years.
“I think a lot of laughing,” the first lady said Tuesday at a White House luncheon with reporters who asked about the Obamas’ union. “I think in our house we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and laughter is the best form of unity, I think, in a marriage.
“So we still find ways to have fun together, and a lot of it is private and personal. But we keep each other smiling and that’s good,” she added. [more]

That is such a simple recipe, but so obvious. We are proponents of this worldview here on Divorce Saloon. A couple who can laugh together (and maybe pray together too) is a couple that can have a long-lasting and happy marriage. Laughing together doesn’t mean making fun of other people. That type of laughter is hollow and won’t last because the mens rea is all wrong – unless you are laughing at people who try to do you wrong but you laugh because you find them pathetic, ignorant and ridiculous. That type of laughter at someone else is fine. But for the most part, the type of marital laughter that keeps a couple happily married is pure and devoid of malice aforethought directed at anyone else. That is how you avoid divorce. Marry someone you can laugh with.
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