Making a relationship work takes lots of effort, along with lots of luck. For two people to share a life together, it’s necessary that they have certain traits in common; you’re not going to enjoy yourself if you can’t relate to your partner that well.
Most of us are fairly familiar with the qualities two romantic partners are expected to share if they want to cultivate a fulfilling romance: lifestyle, values, mutual attraction, etc.
However, we often overlook the fact that a similar sense of humor can be a key factor in determining whether or not a love will endure. By default, we assume that something as seemingly superfluous as our opinion on what is and is not funny couldn’t hold sway over something as significant as our love life.
In truth, though, a shared sense of humor can play a tremendous role in keeping your relationship happy and healthy. That’s because. . .
It Brings Happiness
You don’t need a doctor to tell you that life can be stressful. Thankfully, a doctor will tell you that laughter can combat said stress in pretty profound ways. If your partner is able to help you forget about the pressure you’re facing at work, the struggles you’re having with family, or the simple unhappiness that strikes all of us on occasion, you’re likely to associate that person with good, positive feelings. Whatever your circumstances, knowing that you can go home to someone who makes you feel better will provide for a positive relationship.
You Won’t Offend Each Other
It’s no secret that we don’t all agree on what is funny, or on what subject matter is worthy of a joke. Sometimes, your sense of humor may offend someone. In day-to-day life, this isn’t much of an issue. When it comes to your love life, though, it can be pretty important. When you want to relax at the end of the day, when you strive to adopt a more carefree, humorous attitude – you’ve just been at the office, where you were required to be far more serious than you’d like – it helps to know that the person you’re living with won’t be upset with you for making a joke.
You’ll Develop A Personal Bond
Odds are good that you share “inside jokes” with some of the people close to you. These moments of shared understanding reflect the fact that the two of you get along in a way that may not be true of all relationships in your life.
Yes, they it’s a little thing, but in most long-term relationships, the little things are what keep two people interested in one another. If you have the same sense of humor, you’ll have inside jokes, and they’ll remind you that you love each other.
You Agree On Entertainment
In the age of Netflix, most of us know that we can decompress at the end of the week by having a drink and selecting a sitcom to binge on. It may not seem like much, but if it’s what you do to forget about the stressful day that you just had, it plays a major role in maintaining your mental health. If you and your significant other can’t agree on what to watch to amuse yourselves, you’ll end up denying yourself one of life’s simple pleasures.
On the other hand, if you do share a sense of humor, you can both enjoy Louie without wondering if your significant other is merely tolerating it.
You Entertain Each Other
It’s a cliché because it’s true: If someone can make you laugh on a first date, it’s a good sign.
But what about all the subsequent dates? What about the rest of your life? Why is the first date the only instance in which this is important? Wouldn’t it be great if your lover could always keep you entertained? If you share a sense of humor, you can probably make this happen. In that way, every single day of the rest of your lives can be, to some degree, just like your first date.
Doesn’t that sound good?