Here’s an easy way to measure the quality of your relationship

If you want to know how good your relationship is, ask yourself: How much do you laugh together?

Couples who laugh together reported higher quality relationships, in a study published in Personal Relationships this August.

The researchers, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recorded 71 heterosexual couples telling the story of how they first met. They then counted how many times the couple laughed, and whether they were laughing together or alone.

Couples who laughed together more reported having higher quality relationships, defined by their feelings of closeness and support.

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