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Laughter may be the best thing to have in a relationship

Couples that laugh together are often happier and more satisfied than their counterparts.

Couples that laugh together are often happier and more satisfied than their counterparts.

How often do you and your man laugh together? Although humor may not seem like a crucial part of a relationship, a new study published in Personal Relationships, found that laughing in a relationship can strengthen a bond more than other factors are able to.

Psychologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studied 71 couples who had been together for four years or more about the quality of their relationships. They then videotaped the couples, asking them to recount how they had first met each other.

The more time the couples spent laughing simultaneously during this taping, the more highly they rated their relationship quality, closeness and overall support of one another. The study also found that women laugh more than men.

"In general, couples who laugh more together tend to have higher-quality relationships," said Laura Kurtz a social psychologist from the University of North Carolina. "We can refer to shared laughter as an indicator of greater relationship quality."

The study also found that although women may laugh more, the laughter of men is more contagious, and almost two times as likely to make their partner laugh as well.

In addition to strengthening your relationship, laughter can also boost your overall health, increasing blood flow and relaxation as well as creating better sleep patterns.

If your man can make you laugh, he sounds like a keeper. When both partners are happy in a relationship, their sexual satisfaction is thought to be better too.

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