Laughter brings people closer together, creates intimacy, and is a powerful tool for managing conflict and reducing tension when emotions are running high. Whether with a romantic partner, friends and family, or co-workers, you can learn to use humor to smooth over disagreements, lower everyone’s stress level, and communicate in a way that strengthens and deepens your relationships.
The benefits of using humor in your relationships
Humor can help you
Form a stronger bond with other people. Your health and happiness depend, to a large degree, on the quality of your relationships—and laughter binds people together.
Smooth over differences.
Using gentle humor often helps you address even the most sensitive issues, such as sex or in-laws.
A well-timed joke can ease a tense situation and help you resolve disagreements.
Overcome problems and setbacks.
A sense of humor is the key to resilience. It helps you take hardships in stride, weather disappointment, and bounce back from adversity and loss.
Put things into perspective.
Most situations are not as bleak as they appear to be when looked at from a playful and humorous point of view. Humor can help you reframe problems that might otherwise seem overwhelming and damage a relationship.
Humor should be equally fun and enjoyable for everyone involved. If others don’t think your joking or teasing is funny—stop immediately. Before you start playing around, take a moment to consider your motives, as well as the other person’s state of mind and sense of humor.
Be more creative. Humor and playfulness can loosen you up, energize your thinking, and inspire