Stay Close and Connected with Laughter

With her movie Tammy making headlines across the country, Melissa McCarthy is something of a household name, though for many people, the comedienne has been a fan favorite since her days of stand up, through her role on TV’s Gilmore Girls, and numerous television and film appearances.

Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy

Her husband Ben Falcone (who is also the director of Tammy) has shared the screen with her on several occasions, been in a handful of funny movies, and appeared in numerous comedic roles on TV.

Beyond their on-screen roles though, the two share a wonderfully strong marriage – nearly ten years strong – and they owe it, in their words, to simply not being “very Hollywood” and having “a lot of fun.”

At the Tammy premier, Melissa told an Entertainment Tonight reporter:

“We’re not very Hollywood. We have little kids, we stay in our little area. [If we weren’t here] we would be sitting in our backyard.”

Not only do they keep their family unit tight by spending time together, it’s pretty clear to see from the couple’s interactions (on and off screen) that their talents as comedians keep one another entertained.

And maybe that’s the most valuable lesson here – that being silly, taking the time to have some fun, and making an effort to make your spouse laugh can have a huge impact on your marriage.

We can’t all be movie star funny people, but it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us know how to crack a joke or give our spouse a good laugh – so remember the importance of humor in your day to day!

Even if you’re not the “funny type,” you can still use this a reminder to loosen up a little bit, and least keep yourself open to the idea of a good belly laugh, and even just seeing the humor in every day life.

Laughter has all kinds of physical, mental, and emotional benefits – and enjoying a good laugh together will undoubtedly draw your closer as a couple.

For more advice on how to strengthen your marriage, check out the StrongMarriageNow System today!
Dr. Dana Fillmore and Amy Barnhart, co-Founders,

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harriet 8 years ago

My husband and I were separated for about 3-4 months. The whole time we were separated he would tell me how we needed to make it work, and how he had changed, and how sorry he was. He would go on and on about he couldn't let go knowing that we never tried. It was water off my back for a while, but then I started to reconsider. Eventually he transferred his job to the city where I live and we started reconciling. The only request I made in order for us to try again was for there to be no inappropriate relationships with women as far as texting/facebook etc. His words were he has learned his lesson, and that would never be an issue. Well needless to say 4 months later I find that he never actually stopped contact with the woman that started this whole mess.

hopeful 8 years ago

Married for 16 years, separated for 6 months. I fought long and hard for my marriage. 2 1/2 years while my husband stayed an emotional zombie. Counseling, books, talking, the 180. Nothing woke him up. He was just there. I love him and want to be with him, but he' so hard to be with.....

Mike_Olsen_SMN 8 years ago

Hi Harriet - He may still be talking to her, but is she a needed work contact? Has their relationship been above board since? Ask him to open up and show you to earn back your trust.

Mike_Olsen_SMN 8 years ago

Hi Hopeful - It can be had to have a breakthrough with someone who won't talk. I hope you both are able to learn each other's style of communication.

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