Ever imagine being in a relationship where there's no fun and laughter?
Yeah, we can't either! It's a total deal breaker if you ask us.
A study at the University of Kansas over the course of 30 years reveals that making fun of your significant other can be super beneficial for your relationship and keeping that spark alive. That being said, there's a fine line between mean-spirited, hurtful jokes and fun-loving pleasantries and humor.
So, how can one distinguish between the two?
The gist of the study is that the humor has to be mutual and shared, i.e. inside jokes and things both partners find funny.
“What matters is that you both see quirky humor as hysterical. If you share a sense of what’s funny, it affirms you and affirms your relationship through laughter. Playfulness between romantic partners is a crucial component in bonding and establishing relational security. Particularly shared laughter, is an important indicator of romantic attraction between potential mates.” - states Jeffrey Hall, Nobel Prize winning geneticist and professor who conducted the study.
Sharing a few laughs and playful banter means you enjoy each other's company. Again, the key is that both partners find it funny. And we don't need more proof than Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, or John Legend and Chrissy Teigen; they are the ultimate #CoupleGoals!