"Those in relationships with more humorous partners reported he was more popular, intelligent, a better leader, and more creative."
Women say that what they look for most in a man is not looks or money, but one with a good sense of humor. Now we may know why. A new study finds that women whose partners have a perceived great sense of humor also receive more, shall we say, fulfillment from their partners.
The study, published in Evolutionary Psychology (and when one thinks laughs, they think Evolutionary Psychology), is based on a survey of 44 heterosexual female college students in committed relationships and represents a preliminary investigation of the extent to which female, shall we say, satisfaction, functions to promote good mate choices, and how often women experienced this satisfaction was related to their partner’s family income, self-confidence and how attractive he was.
An “unanticipated finding,” according to the report, was that “those in relationships with more humorous partners reported he was more popular, intelligent, a better leader, and more creative. In terms of the relationship quality, participants with humorous partners reported initiating sex more often, and having more frequent intercourse in general.
A sense of humor the study further found, was that women with partners who had a perceived great sense of humor enjoyed more, and stronger, what the French call, “le petit mort.” Women also initiated more sex with men who have a great sense of humor and also felt safer and more committed to their partner. “Not surprisingly, “ the report concludes, “there is growing evidence that a sense of humor is a proxy for intelligence.”
The study did not explore whether these findings were consistent for men who have sex with funny women (insert your own joke here…and no, that was not a pun).
The study’s findings are consistent with previous research. In a 2001 study reported in Psychology Today, French researcher Nicolas Gueguen considered a woman alone at a bar regarding an attractive man at the adjoining table who is making his friends laugh. Would she be more inclined to accept a date with him than someone else at the table merely laughing at his friend’s jokes but not telling any himself?
Gueguen found that “women were three times more likely to give their phone number to the (man) who told jokes compared to the (man) who did not. The humorous men were also considered more attractive, intelligent, funny and sociable.”
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.