The 1 Characteristic You Need to Be Luckier in Love

couple laughingWhen it comes to finding love, there is one characteristic that gets mentioned as highly desirable more than any other: a good sense of humor. According to the dating website eHarmony, the most important "must have" for their users (both male and female) was "I must have someone who is sharp and can enjoy the humorous side of life." It turns out that it isn't just online daters who are looking for a good sense of humor. We ALL are, at least according to new research out of the University of Kansas. 


Researcher Jeffery Hall conducted three experiments, using online surveys, Facebook, and face-to-face interactions between men and women who didn't know each other, and discovered that, in each one, the findings were clear: The best indicator of potential romance is if a couple laughs together. He also found the women and men are equally funny, at least in terms of online content posted, but that men made more efforts to be intentionally funny as a way of gauging if a woman was interested in him.

Hall notes, "Shared laughter might be a pathway toward developing a more long-lasting relationship. If you meet someone who you can laugh with, it might mean your future relationship is going to be fun and filled with good cheer."

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This makes total sense to me. As anyone who has been in a long-term relationship knows, the "honeymoon" phase doesn't last forever. Once we are out of the heady and hormonal days of new love, the ability to laugh together is the key to survival in the face of actually loving someone, quirks and all.

Relationships can take work, but being able to laugh together can be the difference between the relationship feeling like work or feeling like fun.

So, if you are single and looking for love, maybe it is time to learn a few good jokes!


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