A recent study published in the Journal of Research in Personality found that couples who are used to tease each other and laugh at each others joke about their faults stick together the longest by having a stronger and happier relationship.
A total of 154 couples participated in online surveys that examined their levels of happiness, the dynamics of their relationships, and various factors such as their tolerance for being the subject of laughter, their inclination to laugh at others, and the satisfaction they derived from their sex lives.
In cases where both members of a couple felt the same way about teasing, they reported being happier in their relationship. In general, couples where both people didn’t mind being teased proved to be happiest in their relationships (and enjoyed their sex lives the most out of anyone in the survey).
Meanwhile, couples who saw being teased as a negative were less happy overall, and more mistrustful of their partners.
In couples where at least one partner reported enjoying laughing at other people, arguments were more common. But overall, couples who both shared the same views about teasing were likely to be happy together.
The researchers emphasize that possessing a good sense of humor about oneself does not ensure that a person will exclusively have happy relationships. However, it does suggest that comprehending and respecting your partner’s sense of humor, as well as their limits regarding teasing, can establish a strong and stable basis for your relationship.
The fact that compatible couples seem to be the happiest (whether they approve of teasing or not) suggests that understanding your partner’s emotions could be more significant than your sense of humor.