Punbelievable: why humour is one of the most desirable traits

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You can sweep someone off their feet in a number of ways. But being funny appeals to even the most jaded heart. Just make sure your jokes are compatible…

If you want to impress a new date you don’t need to buy expensive trainers or splash out on a haircut. According to data scientists at eharmony, one of the surest ways to make a romantic impact is to tickle a prospective partner’s funny bone.

You might even want to treat your date to a night at The Comedy Store, which is why we’re giving away two pairs of free tickets (see bottom of page for details).

Our experts studied 1,500 eharmony members to determine the importance of humour and how it relates to compatibility. Findings suggest it ranks as the third most important trait in terms of attracting a partner beating good looks, cleverness and even being good in bed.

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Our survey also reveals that, contrary to popular perception, most singles rate honesty and kindness way ahead of sexual prowess and a gym-toned body.

But when it comes to humour, we’re all pretty subjective. What one person finds funny might tempt another bolting for the exit, because studies show there are several different styles of humour.

What we find funny falls into six distinct categories: bodily humour, dark, physical, self-deprecating, surreal and wordplay. What people really mean when they say they want a partner with a ‘good sense of humour’ is they want someone with a compatible sense of humour.

When looking at the most attractive type of humour overall, wordplay wins – half of Brits (47%) think a quick-witted partner would be the best match for them. After wordplay, self-deprecating humour (31%) – where an individual reflects on their own shortcomings for comedic effect – and dark humour (28%) are the most appealing.

The research suggests that if one half of a couple is strong on wordplay and the other has a dark sense of humour, they’re brilliantly matched, because the two styles blend so well.

On the other hand, only one in 10 Brits finds toilet humour attractive (12%) – well, at least in a romantic context, so steer clear of flatulence jokes. In fact, four in 10 (44%) people would be put off a second date if a prospective partner made a crude joke.

Better news is that two thirds of us (68%) say a good sense of humour is a turn on, leading to one in five (20%) having been laughed into bed in the past (being laughed out of bed might not be so much fun).

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But what about couples who have been together for some time? Can something as simple as laughing keep an otherwise lacklustre relationship going? Our data was inconclusive, but did show that those in the first few years of love are more likely to appreciate their other half’s humour, with six in 10 (60%) finding their partner funny.

On the other hand, just 40% of married couples think their husband or wife has a good sense of humour, suggesting perhaps that a night at The Comedy Store might revive a bit of mutual marital chemistry. Go on!

Top 10 traits ranked by importance
1 Honesty 59%
2 Kindness 51%
3 Sense of humour 41%
4 Respectfulness 38%
5 Being fun 24%
6 Being clever 17%
7 Being good looking 17%
8 Being good in bed 9%
9 Being physically fit 8%
10 Being tall 3%

Six types of humour

1 Bodily: Involving bodily functions (burping, flatulence), as well as humour that is sexual in nature

2 Dark: Making light of people and subjects that are generally considered serious or taboo

3 Physical: Pulling faces, scaring others, pranks, or falling

4 Self-deprecating: Where an individual makes fun of themselves and their shortcomings for the enjoyment of others

5 Surreal: Humour predicated on deliberate violations of causal reasoning, producing events and behaviours that are obviously illogical

6 Wordplay: Puns, double-entendres, emphasis on unexpected meanings

 

Competition details

eharmony and The Comedy Store are offering two people the chance to each win a pair of tickets to a night out at Comedy Store venues in either London or Manchester. To enter, follow @eHarmonyUK or @comedystoreuk on Twitter or Instagram, or like eharmonyUK or The Comedy Store London on Facebook and share this competition post on whichever platform you choose. The winners will receive two tickets for The Comedy Store in London or Manchester, with a complimentary glass of fizz.

Terms and conditions
1 The competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 28th September 2018.
2 Open to legal UK residents only who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry. This promotion is not open to employees, officers, directors of eHarmony (the “Sponsor”) and its parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies, and their respective families, or anyone connected with this promotion, including the third party promotional partners.
3 Enter this promotion by any of the following methods:

(a) Following @eHarmonyUK and @comedystorelondon on Twitter and retweeting the competition tweet

(b) Following @eHarmonyUK and @comedystorelondon on Instagram and liking the competition ima

(c) Liking @eHarmonyUK and @comedystorelondon on Facebook and sharing the competition post

4 Limit 3 entries per person; 1 entry per person for each social media platform.
5 Sponsor will not be liable for technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind or lost or unavailable network connections which may limit or prohibit an eligible entrant’s ability to participate in the competition. IN NO EVENT WILL THE SPONSOR BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE INTERNET SITES OR APPLICATIONS, eharmony.co.uk, Twitter, or Instagram, THE DOWNLOADING FORM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SAID SITES OR APPLICATIONS.
6 Two entrants shall win 2 x premium tickets and 2 x glasses of bubbles to be redeemed at The Comedy Store London or The Comedy Store Manchester.
7 The tickets are valid for 1 year
8 The tickets are subject to availability
9 The potential winners will be selected on or about 29th September
10 The winners will be picked at random and contacted by the site. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of eligible entries received by the closing date. The drawing will be conducted by the Sponsor, whose decisions on all matters related to these official rules shall be final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into.
11 Winner will be contacted through their original entry method. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 72 hours of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
12 Winner’s name, postal address, email address and contact number will be requested for prize fulfillment. The winner will then be notified of further details.
13 The prize is non transferable and there are no cash alternatives. The prize can’t be used in conjunction with any other prize or offer.
14 Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Sponsor and accordingly the Sponsor may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Sponsor as a result thereof.


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