Roasting your partner can make your relationship stronger, study shows

Roasting your partner can make your relationship stronger, study shows

When you really love your partner and you both know it, you can occasionally indulge in making fun of each other. You never want to take things too far, but when you trust your beloved completely then it's all-too-easy to trade insults and engage in some playful ribbing from time-to-time.

Some people might raise an eyebrow or frown at this practice; dismissing it as course or impolite. But as it turns out, there's actually some real scientific evidence backing up why it's a good idea to roast your partner every once in a while.

Watch comedian Ricky Gervais roast Leonardo DiCaprio like a pro if you need some tips:

Indeed, according to research conducted by psychologists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, couples who roast each other on a regular basis boast stronger relationships on average.

The study, titled: 'Do Lovers Always Tease Each Other? Study Shows How Couples Handle Laughter And Banter', was published in the Journal of Research in Personality back in 2018. The researchers conducted online interviews with 154 couples, to determine how positive their relationships were.

The researchers then investigated how the participants handled being laughed at and whether they like to laugh at others. After comparing the statements made by each person, they observed that provoking others to laugh at you, and doing the same to your partner, bears some positive effects.

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Commenting on their findings, researcher and the paper's co-author Kay Brauer stated:

"We found that partners are often alike with regard to their individual characteristics and also their profiles [...] Women reported more often that they tended to be satisfied with their relationship and felt more attracted to their partner. They and their partners also tended to be equally satisfied with their sex life."

The study also added: "People who are afraid of being laughed at, on the other hand, are often less happy in their relationship. This also affects their partner and their sexuality."

Furthermore, celebrity dating coach and podcast host, Laurel House recently told Cosmopolitan that:

"Make sure that not only your personalities mesh but your humor does too  ... When you roast each other’s quirks, you are effectively pointing out the little, sometimes ignored sides to your personalities. Those quirks tend to be the things that you love the most about your partner."