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Marriage and Couples

  • By: Arnie Cann & Adam T. Cann
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

Choosing a marriage partner or significant other means potentially committing yourself to a very long-term relationship. Mistakes in choosing can be costly on many different levels. When people are asked about the qualities they most desire in a marriage partner or significant other, among the most commonly identified qualities is “a sense of humor.” No doubt one reason humor is so desirable in a partner is that someone who makes you laugh can be pleasant to be around and make you feel good. When shared humor is part of early interactions with someone new, expectations for a positive relationship rise. Beyond that, many people see a good sense of humor as a reliable indicator of other desirable qualities in a partner. People with an above ...

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