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Michelle Obama Says Laugh with Your Spouse

Michelle Obama says a lot of laughing and finding ways to have fun together keeps her bond with President Barak Obama strong, according to Yahoo News. They have been married for 18 years, balancing two careers, one of them in some pretty tough political arenas, and parenthood.

Humor and playfulness is one of the Transcendence strengths studied in the VIA (Values in Action) Classification of Character Strengths. The other Transcendence strengths seem to lead to stronger marriages: Hope (optimism), Religiousness (spirituality), Gratitude, and Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence (awe, wonder, elevation).

Yet people in failing marriages more often complain of their spouses lacking what are called the Humanity strengths: Capacity to Love and Be Loved, Kindness, and Social Intelligence.

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