Love/Relationships

A Real Man Makes People Laugh

Evening gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So today, we have yet another article inspired by a video from Prager University. In this video, entitled Love Needs Laughs, the famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff talks about how the biggest sign of happiness in any relationship is shared laughter. It’s a wonderful and rather heartwarming video that I highly recommend you check out. And with Smirnoff’s words in mind, I thought I would give you a few reasons why being able to make people laugh is such an important trait for any gentleman to have. So without any further delay, let’s check out the list!

1. It Helps People Stay Positive

There’s a reason one of the highest-rated TV shows of all time is Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s South Park. While a lot of naysayers see it as just lowbrow, immature humor, the show, and more specifically Stone and Parker, have proven to be extremely clever and effective social satirists and commentators. And nowhere is that more apparent in the Season 5 episode “Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants.” The reason I mention this episode is because it clearly displays the importance of laughter in general. Most of what I’m about to say is actually credited to the popular YouTube film reviewer Nostalgia Critic, so I am not about to take credit for any of it. That being said, in the wake of 9/11 and the anthrax epidemic being sent through the mail, the United States was in a state of abject fear. As a response to this, Matt Stone and Trey Parker released this South Park episode, making Osama bin Laden look like a completely pathetic tool. After this episode was released, the US’s spirits were collectively raised, as temporary as it may have been. The reason being that everyone just needed a good laugh at the entire situation. And that’s the power of laughter. It could be the most awful, distressful situation ever, like in the case of 9/11, being worried about the threat of terrorism. But if you’re able to find humor in that situation, and thus react to it, it can simply help lift people’s spirits and reduce the pain of the situation even just a little bit. And with so many dark things happening in our world today, being able to make people laugh seems more important now than ever. Also, in the case of 9/11, I think the Nostalgia Critic put it best: “Giuliani showed us we needed to be strong, Letterman showed us we needed to cry, South Park showed us we needed to laugh.”

2. It’s a great way to bond with people

People always say laughter is the best medicine, and there’s a lot of truth to that. Not only has laughter been proven to lower blood pressure and decrease stress hormones, but it can also just help people bond with each other. This can be especially helpful in a romantic situation. I’ve always said that one thing I always look for in a woman is someone who can laugh at me and make fun of me, but in a fun, loving way. I feel like that’s one of the most important things to do in any relationship, romantic or not. If you and your lady able to notice and, more importantly, laugh at each others’ flaws or missteps, it will only help both of you more clearly see what you both love about each other. Obviously, acknowledging what you love about each other will only strengthen your relationship, but it doesn’t just stop there. One point that Yakov Smirnoff makes in the PragerU video is that it’s not just laughter that strengthens a relationship, but shared laughter. If you and the people you care about can find laughter and enjoyment in similar things, that can strengthen your relationship with anybody, it could be a significant other, a friend, or a family member, because you find what you have in common. It would obviously be hard to bond with somebody you don’t have many things in common with, and of course, that can be the death of any relationship, especially a romantic one. And what we find funny and find enjoyment in is the clearest way of showing what we like and what we don’t like, and if someone we know also finds those things funny, that can be a sign of a great relationship. So if you’re spending time with someone and you aren’t laughing at or with each other, it may time to evaluate you’re relationship, especially if it’s romantic.

So there it is! I know this list wasn’t a very long one, but that’s really all I needed to get my point across. A man who can make people laugh can raise people’s spirits and foster many a strong friendship. To me, those are among the most important things a man should strive to accomplish in his life. Thank you all so much for reading today’s article! I know things with my schedule have been a little odd, but for those of you who read my updates article (link right here if you missed it), I should be back to a consistent schedule starting now. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for any content I have coming out on The Classy Libertarian In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share it, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

Resources

Prager University – Love Needs Laughs: https://youtu.be/4qfum5vc4Ew

StopDoingNothing:  stopdoingnothing.com/healthy-living/the-five-most-important-reasons-to-laugh/

Top 11 South Park Episodes – Nostalgia Critic: https://youtu.be/qyZacZPzOS8

5 Fun Summer Date Ideas

Morning gents! It’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here, and happy summer! Today was my local school district’s last day of school, so now all the students get two months of vacation and revelry before the next school year! Or if you’re like me, you spend months trying to find a real summer job, clearly not the most fun way to spend summer. And for any of you who happen to be dating, it’ll give you gents plenty of time to spend with your special lady! And with that in mind, I’m going to list out five (5) fun and creative Summer date ideas in case you two start to get bored of the same old thing! So without any further ado, let’s start the list!

1. Carnival or Fair

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So I live in Ventura, California, where the Ventura County Fair is a pretty big deal every year, and rightfully so. Sure, it has all the regular fair things, like carnival rides, games, and enough funnel cake to give you a heart attack, but the Ventura County Fair is something special. We also have art and photo galleries, local vendors, animal shows, and a show stage for any and all performers, big and small to showcase their talents. Some big names we’ve had on the show stage in the past include the Beach Boys, Styx, Smash Mouth, and my personal favorite, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (about whom I’ve written an entirely separate post on, linked right here, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: The Perfect Model for Gentlemen, shameless plug ;D). But even if your local fair doesn’t have all of that, there are still plenty of fun things for you and your lady friend to enjoy at your local fair, so if you can find any fairs or carnivals nearby, it could make for a fun date with plenty of things to do and see for people of all ages!

2. A Picnic!

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This should seem like a no-brainer! Summer is the sunniest time of the year (at least it is in the States), and if you don’t have an opportunity to soak up that summer sun at the beach, then why not go for a picnic? Take your lady, some sandwiches, and some other finger foods, lay out a blanket at your local park and just have some fun! It’s a lot cheaper than having to pay to go out for lunch, and it also lets you get some fresh summer air while also getting your grub on! So in short, I really don’t have any reasons not to go on a picnic! It’s fun, it’s delicious, it’s refreshing, and it just seems like a win for everybody!

3. A hike or campout


Are you feeling adventurous? Are you and your gal looking to get some exercise together? Than maybe you two should go on a hike together! This is also a pretty good follow-up to number 3. You can hike to a decent picnic spot, or if nothing else, it’s just an excuse to get outside with your lady. Plus, and this may sound rather strange, but hiking can also be a pretty good commitment exercise. Allow me to explain. Hiking requires a lot of vigilance, and demands that you periodically check on each other, making sure you’re both hydrated, properly fed, and that no one’s falling behind. It doesn’t matter how long or short the hike may be, that type of vigilance and observation is a constant requirement. So if you’re looking to get some fresh air, some decent exercise, or great commitment exercise, consider taking your lady on a hike!

4. Fly a kite


Anyone who’s watched Mary Poppins the whole way through has seen that flying a kite is a lot of fun! While it may sound childish, sometimes everyone needs to let out their inner child every now and then (in my opinion, that’s why you see so many adults at Disneyland). Plus, if it’s a big, heavy kite, it may require a lot of cooperation between you and your partner. There’s not really much else to say. It’s fun, enjoyably childish, and requires quite a bit of cooperation between the two of you. Moving on.

5. Drive-in movie


I decided to put this one at number 5 since drive-in movie theaters are a bit hard to come by these days. But if you’re looking for a fun evening date with your lady and are tired of the same old thing, a drive-in movie is the perfect trip down memory lane! There’s also just a romantic atmosphere about it, having the sun set around you while watching a classic movie, the scent of buttered popcorn wafting through the car, it just seems like something out of a 1950s teen paradise. So while they may be hard to come by, a drive-in movie can make for a very romantic evening for you and your lover.

So there it is! Five (5) fun and romantic summe date ideas, for any of you young gents who are getting bored of the same old thing. Any guy who takes their woman out to a date like any of these is sure to have a wonderful summer. Again, I would like to wish everyone a happy summer, and a sincere congratulations to any and all graduates, whether it’s elementary school, middle school, high school, college, or anything in between! In any case, thank you so much for reading today’s post from The Young Gentleman’s guide, and nothing would make me happier than if you shared this post with a friend, followed the blog, and checked out The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!