Looking to have a lasting, meaningful relationship? Well, hopefully the person you're dating doesn't tell shitty jokes.
According to a new study published in the journal Personal Relationships, couples who laugh together will have stronger and more loving relationships.
Social psychologist Laura Kurtz from the University of North Carolina studied 77 heterosexual couples who had been together for about four years each, Time reports. Kurtz asked the couples to tell her how they first met, and counted how many times they broke into laughter while recalling the story, analyzing when it happened and for how long.
"In general, couples who laugh more together tend to have higher-quality relationships,” Kurtz says. "We can refer to shared laughter as an indicator of greater relationship quality."
While it may seem obvious that shared laughter would make for a happier couple, there actually hasn't been a lot of research on laughter's influence on social relations. "Most of the existing work documents laughter’s relevance to individual outcomes or neglects to take the surrounding social context into account," Kurtz says.