Laughter is good for marriage: Michelle

Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 20:17 PM IST

Washington: Here`s Michelle Obama`s advice for couples this Valentine`s Day: laugh with your partner.

She says it`s what she and President Barack Obama do, and it seems to be working. Their marriage, although tested throughout the years by his political ambitions -- for the Illinois Senate, the US Senate and later the presidency is going on 19 years.

"I think a lot of laughing," the first lady said at a White House luncheon with reporters who asked about the Obamas` union.

"I think in our house we don`t take ourselves too seriously, and laughter is the best form of unity, I think, in a marriage.

"So we still find ways to have fun together, and a lot of it is private and personal. But we keep each other smiling and that`s good," she added.

It also helps that Obama is "very romantic."

"He remembers dates, birthdays," Mrs Obama said last week on "Live! With Regis and Kelly.

"He doesn`t forget a thing, even when I think he is. I`ll have a little attitude. I give him a little attitude, but he always comes through."

"Got to keep the romance alive, even in the White House," she said.

As for Valentine`s Day tomorrow, the first lady said her husband would do right by giving her jewellery. "You can`t go wrong," she said.

PTI