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How Humour Can Change Your Relationship

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

Are couples with a similar sense of humour more satisfied in their relationships?

The world we live in can be tough, but nothing makes life go smoother than good humour, which happens to be just as, if not more, important in our romantic relationships. One of the first things that people say they look for in a mate is the ability to make him or her laugh.

You don't need to be a comedian to make your partner laugh. The real humour is found in the everyday moments that you share. How long your relationship will last could depend on humour.

A sense of humour is an attractive trait. There is plenty of evidence which shows that being funny makes you more attractive as a partner. Once the initial flirting is over, and you are in a romantic relationship, how large a role does humour play?

For dating couples, the use of positive humour can positively contribute to relationship satisfaction. The use of aggressive humour, on the other hand (teasing and making fun of your partner) has the opposite effect. These feelings can fluctuate on a day-to-day basis, depending on each partner’s use of humour.

For long-term relationships, such as in marriages, couples generally share a similar sense of humour — although similarities in sense of humour are not linked with greater marital satisfaction, nor with longer marriages.

Just like any venture, a healthy, loving relationship must have these essential ingredients.


Mutual Respect

Mutual Trust



Constant communication

Sharing the same values

Sharing a sense of humour

Strong friendship and emotional intelligence


But remember. Just as important as humour, love without compatibility, love without compromise, love without self-examination and self-improvement will never sustain a healthy relationship.

Even when you're upset with your partner, it's difficult to be negative when you're consumed with laughter. All it takes is one good joke and laughing together is like couples’ therapy.

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