Back 2 Back: A look at funny moments in the marriage bed

This Media Monday we’re reverting to middle-school humor. Yes, both of these videos are about farting. You’re giggling already, aren’t you? Hey, this something we all have to deal with when sharing a marriage bed.

The first video is a hilarious advertisement for an amazing sounding product. If this blanket does what it’s supposed to do, I’m buying one ASAP.

It also gives room for reflection. It makes us giggle partly because it addresses something rather taboo in our culture: the fact that our bodies do some crazy stuff. And, at the same time it brings up the fact that these bodily goings-on can have a negative impact on your marriage, preventing sleep, decreasing sexual desire, and causing, guilt, embarrassment and withdrawal. Like the advertisement says, this is a real problem. Since we aren’t used to talking about bodily functions (in fact, we mostly pretend that they don’t happen) they tend to go undiscussed and can spend years wrecking subtle havoc on our relationships. The key is to air out these issues before they make our whole marriage toxic (pun fully intended). Tune in Thursday to part 2 of this series for Dr. Heitler’s tips on how to discuss sensitive issues like body odor and weight with your spouse.

The second video is a little humor dreamed up by our main media man, Daniel (staring him and his wife). The event depicted is not as pungent as the one in the first video. Daniel wrote this short clip after thinking about intimacy and boundaries in marriage. You know you’ve gotten to a sweet place in your relationship when something potentially embarrassing can instead be a funny bonding moment. You can see more PO2 videos on YouTube.

Enjoy!

P.S. If you’d like to see more of Daniel’s funny work, check out his account page at Funny or Die. I highly recommend watching “Fan of Kim Yu-Na practices gold metal winning routine.”

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Marriage advice from funny baby videos

We love funny baby videos. Babies are fascinating, partly because of how fascinated they are with the world! As this video shows, the sound of a simple sneeze will seem the most amazing, captivating new experience to a baby. The little guy looks terrified, but it’s actually an expression of awe and surprise. We can tell because after the shock of the sound passes, he bubbles with laughter every time. (Hopefully if he were really scared, we wouldn’t count this among funny baby videos. Other people’s terror is not something to laugh at).

Amazingly, a newborn has just as good hearing and eyesight as a grown adult. They seem helpless and confused only because they have a tremendous amount of information to process every second. The world is completely new to them and they are learning at an astounding rate. This is why baby’s only focus about 15 inches away maximum even though their eyes are very developed. They couldn’t handle all that new information at once.

Since our long term memories only start around age 2-3, we can only imagine what it must be like to be a newborn and to encounter the word for the first time. Seeing the world as a baby can be a great exercise for helping your marriage. One common marriage complaint is that the novelty and excitement of the relationship fades. Just as we get used to the world as we grow up, we become desensitized to and take for granted the little things about our spouse that once were so thrilling. In other words, the magic fades.

Try an experiment. Watch this best of funny baby videos a few times. First, just have a great laugh at the comedy of the little guy. His expressions are priceless. Later, watch it again and pay attention to how he pays attention. His whole being is focused on taking in this new sound. You can do this too! Pick something you tend to gloss over in your daily life. It could be a tomato, your couch, your spouse’s arms or hands or face…really, anything. Then take a good, long time to appreciate it. Try to quiet your mind and focus all your attention on this one thing. How does it feel? Taste? Weigh? Sound? Use all your senses to explore and  examine it until you’ve turned it inside out into something completely new. You might find yourself newly fascinated with something old, and newly excited about your partner.

There’s a whole new world underneath the one we are used to. You can use this trick anytime you are feeling stressed or bored. It’s a great way to add spark and excitement to you marriage. Find and appreciate something new about your spouse every day.

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Motherhood: The Musical

The daily realities of caring for a family can be far from glamorous… diaper changing, cleaning, scheduling, transporting, owie bandaging. Luckily, this Mother’s Day feature (from Church on the Move. The video is not religious.) turns the daily grind into musical wonderment. The new lyrics are very clever and spot on, and the whole thing is just delightful. What a production! My only critique would be that they didn’t show fathers sharing responsibilities…then again, is was made for Mothers Day! All parents deserve a big pat on the back for the amazing work they do to raise new generations. It may be difficult to put on a resume, but it’s one of the worlds biggest, most challenging, and most rewarding jobs. Cheers!

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Things you DON’T say to your wife

There are many jokes about the different ways in which we can potentially insult the women in our lives…don’t tell her she’s gained weight it usually #1. These may be stereotypes about women’s sensitivities, but they bring up a good point about how to communicate with your spouse (male or female). Sharing and honesty is always a number 1 key in any relationship, and at the same time, tact is equally important. PO2 has a nice segment about how to say things tactfully, and you can check that out here.

It’s easy to be blunt with people who we know intimately; after all, you spend your lives together and have very few boundaries between you.  At the same time, our marriages often start to run on automatic after so many years, and this can be fertile ground for unintentional negative slip ups and hurt feelings. Here’s a good mental exercise for communication: step outside your marriage for a moment. Would you say this thing to your wife if she wasn’t your wife, but a close friend? Would you do (or not do) this certain thing to your husband if you were just married? Try using this to get a little distance to your relationship and get a good long look at your spouse as a unique individual.

Also try making note of how you spouse reacts to personal comments you make about him or her. When you talk, you should be fully present and listening to what your spouse has to say and other non-verbal forms of communication. If something feels off, ask if you said something that upset them.

Ok, seriousness over! Enjoy this funny video by comedian Tim Hawkins about the things you don’t say to your wife (or husband, for that matter!).

Lyrics:

Things You Don’t Say To Your Wife Lyrics
Tim Hawkins

Hey honey have you gained some weight in your rear-end?
That dress you wear reminds me of my old girlfriend
And where’d you get those shoes? I think they’re pretty lame
Would you stop talking ’cause I’m trying to watch the game

If you’re a man who wants to live a long and happy life
These are the things you don’t say to your wife

I planned a hunting trip next week on your birthday
I didn’t ask you ’cause I knew it’d be OK
Go make some dinner while I watch this fishing show
I taped it over our old wedding video

If you’re a man who wants to live a long and happy life
These are the things you don’t say to your wife

Your cooking is OK but not like mother makes
The diamond in the ring I bought you is a fake
Your eyes look puffy dear, are you feeling ill?
Happy anniversary I bought you a treadmill

If you’re a man who wants to live a long and happy life
These are the things you don’t say to your wife
If your a man who doesn’t want to get killed with a knife
These are the things you don’t say to your wife

 

 

 

 

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Media Mondays-Fainting Grooms video

Every couple is bound to feel a little jittery on their wedding day. For some grooms, the stress proves too much. For today’s video, an oldie and a goodie: the fainting grooms montage. Perhaps it’s the gravity of the occasion; perhaps he just isn’t quite…ready for marriage; perhaps it’s all those hundreds of people all staring at HIM! Under stress the automatic response is to shut down and lights out…sometimes we have no control over our bodies.

Fainting grooms is one of our graphic designer Clay’s favorite funny wedding videos and “made him fall in love with youtube” back in the day. I think the best thing is the soundtrack; the background music really makes it. And it’s a good reminder: you wedding may be a disaster, but it’s the marriage that happens after that counts.

Enjoy the fainting grooms! Hopefully your wedding ceremony wasn’t as stress-inducing as these couples’ were. And hopefully no grooms were injured in the making of this video.

 

Stay tuned for more funny wedding videos and other treats next monday!

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Media Mondays

Hey all! I’m trying out using Mondays to post videos, pictures and other media in addition to the two weekly writing posts. These will be funny, moving, surprising…interesting short media-essays about a different theme each week. I’m starting out with this sweet marriage proposal video. What a touching amount of effort! Remember to add love, creativity, adventure, and silliness to your marriage at all points in your relationship!

 

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