It’s official – regularly roasting your partner is one of the strongest indicators of a healthy relationship.
According to research carried out by Appalachian State University, couples ‘who roast each other daily’ are likely to enjoy a happy and long-lasting romance.
So if you and your significant other can’t help but have a laugh at the other’s expense, there’s a good chance the childish sarcasm and teasing is doing wonders for your relationship.
But you do, of course, have to be careful not to cross the line.
Celebrity dating coach and podcast host, Laurel House, says that not only do personalities needs to align for compatible partners, but sense of humour is also key to ensure no one takes the ribbing as ‘offence, feels hurt, or gets defensive’.
Don’t let true feelings or gripes sneak into the horse play, as Laurel says making fun of each other shouldn’t be about hurting the other person or going for a low-blow, but should simply be fun, as reported by Cosmopolitan.
“When you roast each other’s quirks, you are effectively pointing out the little, sometimes ignored sides to your personalities,” he says.
“Those quirks tend to be the things that you love the most about your partner.
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“If you ask the roaster what they find most attractive about their partner, there’s a good chance it could be the exact same thing that they roast them over.”
So stick to the in-jokes that only you know, the things that connect you, and don’t use it as an excuse to air a genuine grievance which could lead to a full-blown barney.
The theory was backed up by Jeffrey Hall from the University of Kansas, who has conducted 39 studies involving more than 15,000 people.
He says ‘the ability to laugh together playfully actually builds security between partners’.
“People say they want a sense of humour in a mate, but that’s a broad concept.
“That people think you are funny or you can make a joke out of anything is not strongly related to relationship satisfaction.
“What is strongly related to relationship satisfaction is the humour that couples create together.”
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