Fun is the basis of any loving relationship between people, don`t forget it!
By Steven Tobias, Psy.D. A psychologist and the director of the Center for Child & Family Development.
Relationship between couples is fundamentally based on having fun together
At least two examples prove this. First, did you ever date someone that you didn’t have fun with? Hopefully, the answer is, “not for long.” You fall in love with someone because you experience joy in their company. They don’t have to have a great sense of humor and you don’t have to play games, although these can help. You know you are having fun because you smile and laugh together. One research study on marital satisfaction had couples do an obstacle course together. They did not work on cooperation, communication, or problem solving skills; the couple just had to get through the course together. At the end of the course, an assessment of marital satisfaction noted significant increase just because the couple did something fun together. Fun improves any relationship, and often, marital difficulties start when the fun stops.
Relationship between parents and children is based on having fun together
The other example is being with a baby. The most gratifying thing an adult can do (for both the adult and the baby) is to make the baby laugh. You know the feeling of joy and connection you get when the baby looks in your eyes and laughs? And it seems to be instinctual that whenever an adult looks at a baby, the adult reverts into a babbling, face-distorting entertainer.
Toys‘NTales role in having family fun time
In our fast paced, demanding, and competitive lives, many of us have made fun a low priority. Fun is for when the work is done, which it never is. Fun is frivolous because there are more important things to accomplish. And, yes, work and accomplishment are important (by the way, whatever you do with joy, you will do it better). However, if you want to love and be loved, you cannot feel this without fun.
Toys‘NTales is a company devoted to increasing the amount of fun a family has together. Through fun (and surreptitious learning) stories and games, families learn important social and emotional skills, as well as feel more loved and connected to one another. August 2020