Published January 08, 2015
Dear Dr. Fulbright, Is there any biological reason why women are so attracted to man's sense of humor? Many of the girls I know say they enjoy being with guys who can make them laugh. I am just wondering why humor is so appealing to women. Albert
Dear Albert, Actually, research has found that both men and women want romantic partners with a sense of humor. An analysis of personal ads in papers showed a sense of humor is among the top two desirable qualities (understanding being the other). People are attracted to individuals who make them feel good - and being around somebody who is funny or witty invites that energy in.
This is likely in part because laughter is like a natural drug, tickling our brain's reward center. Research, published in Neuron, has actually linked the reward system of the brain to humor. And when it comes to dating and loving, humor is an effective coping mechanism, making the experience much easier in providing stress relief.
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