It's commonly understood that having a sense of humor is an attractive characteristic in a mate.

Who doesn't love to spend time with someone that puts a smile on your face?

I recently came across some scientific evidence that takes it one step further and shows that couples that make fun of each other are actually happier.

Jeffrey Hall is a professor at the University of Kansas and has conducted 39 studies involving over 15,000 people over the course of 30 years.

In an interview with Hall he said,

What really matters is the humor that couples create together. It’s not about being a great comedian, but finding what’s funny in the every day and enjoying it together.

His research fills up 17 pages so I'm going to save you some time and sum it up for you.

Couples that can make fun of each other, that can laugh about the daily ups and downs of their lives (rather than argue and fight) are happier.

Giggling over your partner's quirks and gently ribbing them about it is a way better reaction than getting irritated, and ensures a longer, healthier, and happier relationship.

My husband always teases me about my snack choices for a movie or road trip. I HAVE to have something salty (chips or popcorn), sweet (preferably chocolate), and something sour (only sour patch kids will work). If I'm missing even one of these flavors you better believe that I'm going to pout.

Likewise, I am constantly teasing him about the trouble he gives me about my shoe collection when he probably has as many guns as I do high heels.

In the end, Hall says "The bottom line is it is good to have humor. It’s better to see it in your partner. And it’s best to share it."

Note: You CAN go too far. Having an aggressive sense of humor is a bad sign for the relationship in general, but it is worse if it’s used directly against your partner.