Laughter. It might seem like a little thing, but it’s actually huge when it comes to attraction and relationships. Think about it: How many times have you heard someone say “He makes me laugh!” when describing a new love?
For many of us, being able to laugh together is a major factor for relationship success. Here are 5 reasons why it matters more than you might think.
1. It can be the spark.
Who needs matchmakers or wingmen when you’ve got hilarious jokes or ridiculous pickup lines? One study found that women were three times more likely to give their number to a guy they thought was funny. In other words, laughter isn’t just important—it might even determine whether or not you connect with someone in the first place.
2. It can keep you healthy.
Laughing has all kinds of mental and physical health benefits. One study even found that people’s pain threshold—meaning how much pain they can stand—was higher after laughing. Laughter can literally protect you from pain.
3. It can get you through the hard times.
While it may be nice to imagine that love means rainbows and roses forever, the reality is that every relationship has ups and downs. Fortunately, being able to laugh together can help you feel closer to your partner—even when times are tough.
4. It can make the good times even better.
On the flip side, the fun times in life are even more fun when you’re doubled over with gut-splitting laughter. Think about your favorite memories for a second. We’re guessing at least some of them involved laughing till your face hurt. Big bonus: Laughter can make sex better too.
5. It can help you bond.
Laughter is one of the major ways we bond with other humans. In fact, at least one evolutionary psychologist thinks laughter evolved in humans because it brings us closer together, similar to singing and dancing. The physical act of laughing also triggers endorphins, which help people feel happy, peaceful, and secure.
So if you’re looking for a new boo, don’t write off the joker in the corner. And whether you’ve found someone who makes you laugh or you’re still looking, finding the right birth control is a great way to make life a little lighter.
P.S. If you’re looking to laugh and learn more about birth control at the same time, allow us to recommend our Guy’s Guide to Birth Control.