Poking fun at your partner is one of the joys of being in a couple. What happy couple doesn’t try and play the odd practical joke or try and rib their partner once in a while? Whether it be hiding each other’s stuff, commenting on the fella’s beer belly or even, god forbid, one of you taking forever to get ready. They’re just signs of affection and things that will make a relationship stronger, according to science.
A study made by psychologists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) that published in the “Journal of Research in Personality,” has noted that a sense of humour goes a long way in making a lasting connection with your significant other. The study, conducted online, interviewed 154 hetrosexual couples and found that provoking others to laugh has a positive effect.
In a relationship with a little bit of light ribbing the research found that, “Women reported more often that they tended to be satisfied with their relationship and felt more attracted to their partner. They and their partners also tended to be equally satisfied with their sex life.”
Although, counter to this, if a partner is afraid of being laughed at, jokes at their expense tended to have the opposite effect and can lead to a feeling of less contentedness and mistrust in their partner. Not only can this have an impact on them but the results showed that if their partner was afraid of being laughed at then the men would feel less satisfied with the sex life.
So, I wouldn’t hang your hat on this knowledge, we don’t want to get into trouble for you pulling pranks or tickling your partners funny bone. It doesn’t take science to know that if someone is up for a laugh then you are both going to be much happier. As far as we see it, crack a beer and you never know by the end of lockdown the missus might be ready to go out (on time).