Would you like to bring something freshness in your year’s old relationship, where love faded away with the time? We have a suggestion for you, that doing something that makes you both laugh could be the key to relationship success.
In the new research, the findings of 39 studies looking at 15,000 participants over the last 30 years to find out more about the importance of humor in a relationship.
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From the studies Hall concluded that what is really important is not finding a partner with a sense of humor, but finding a partner who shares the same sense of humor as you.
“People say they want a sense of humor in a mate, but that’s a broad concept,” commented Hall, “That people think you are funny or you can make a joke out of anything is not strongly related to relationship satisfaction. What is strongly related to relationship satisfaction is the humour that couples create together.
Hall found that “playfulness between romantic partners is a crucial component in bonding and establishing relational security” and that laughter, “particularly shared laughter, is an important indicator of romantic attraction between potential mates.”
“Say you and your partner share a quirky sense of humour, but romantic comedies or sit-coms do nothing for either of you. So it’s not that any style or a sense of humour is any better or worse. What matters is that you both see quirky humour as hysterical. If you share a sense of what’s funny, it affirms you and affirms your relationship through laughter”.
It’s not about being a great comedian, but finding what’s funny in the everyday and enjoying it together, whether that’s The Simpsons or repeating funny things your kids say or The New Yorker cartoons or relishing in the absurdity of life.
It is most important you do it together.” However Hall also cautioned against making your partner the butt of a joke in order to get laughs. “Having an aggressive sense of humour is a bad sign for the relationship in general, but it is worse if the style of humor is used in the relationship,” he explained.