For a sizzling second half marriage, you need…  Grace, Grit and Giggles


While grace and grit help a marriage survive; laughter and lots of giggles keep it alive.

Ed and Elisa agree that nurturing humor and laughter is important. Elisa promised her husband she would do something to make him giggle every day.

Katie and Jack admittedly aren’t sure they giggle enough. “Honestly, we just aren’t funny people,” they bemoan. “But we surround ourselves with people who make us laugh. That works.”

Every anniversary Richard and I both giggle at his inside joke about what happened at the Watergate Hotel. In fact, we laugh a great deal about many things in life. Looking on the lighter and brighter side makes our marriage stronger. It certainly makes it more fun!


Marriage is put to the test every day. To experience a joyful and close relationship, no matter the circumstances, we need abundant grace, tenacious grit and regular bouts of the giggles.

Add seasoned and enduring love—and marriage in the second half of life literally sizzles!


(This concludes the three-part series, Grace, Grit and Giggles. Visit our blog for other posts about life in its second half.)

written by Leona Bergstrom, Director, Re-Ignite
© Re-Ignite 2019
Originally published in Mature Living 2016
Images by CanStock