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The closest distance between two people is when they are laughing. Laughter undoubtedly strengthens our relationships with others, whether we’re giggling with our spouse or the crowd at a comedy club. However, humor isn’t always good for a relationship. Consider a lover laughing at a comic you find insulting or a buddy laughing at your humiliating fashion faux pas. The opposite outcome may occur from this form of private laughter. Currently, a new study investigates the conditions in which laughter serves as a social glue. Genuine laughter can certainly make us feel good, but shared laughter can show others that we share a similar worldview, which improves our relationships.
Participants pretended to video chat with another person of the same sex while watching a hilarious, not-so-funny, or not-funny-at-all video. Unbeknownst to them, the video chat played a previously recorded footage of a person laughing consistently during the two humorous videos but only sporadically throughout the unfunny one. In the first scenario, there was more shared laughter; in the second, there was less shared laughter; and in the third, there was no shared laughter (but still a positive interaction). Afterward, the participants answered questions on questionnaires about their feelings about their video partner, including their positive and negative emotions, their sense of resemblance to them, and how much they liked or wanted to get to know them. The amount of shared laughter among participants had a consistent impact on how similar they felt to their video partner, which in turn boosted how much they loved and wanted to be associated with their partner, according to the results.

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