Research shows that the more you and your partner can laugh together, the happier your relationship will be. So, by learning how to laugh more with your partner, you can also learn how to feel closer, grow stronger, and overcome conflict. If you and your partner already laugh a ton, you're very lucky. But if you wish you had more laughter in your life and relationship, that's OK — there are ways to create it.
"Couples who report a high level of relationship satisfaction consciously pay attention to adding positive interactions into their relationships every day," licensed clinical professional counselor Julienne Derichs, LCPC tells Bustle. "Couples need to consciously and deliberately add positive interactions into their relationship. Research shows that there is an actual ratio of 5:1 that is helpful to keep in mind. For everynegative interaction, there need to be five positive interactions to maintain a healthy positive attitude about your significant other. Stable and happy relationships share more positive feelings and actions than negative ones. Unhappy relationships tend to have more negative feelings and actions than positive ones."
One effective way to add positive interactions to your relationship is to laugh together. A recent University of Kansas study, for example, found that people with a good sense of humor — and people whose partners had a good sense of humor — were more satisfied with their relationships. To enjoy these benefits, here are some ways you and your partner can laugh more as a couple.