It may start in the classroom but evolves in maturity to an important part of Sexual Selection. In Biology this is the term for how we display preferences by one sex for certain characteristics in individuals of the other sex. Men desire women who think they’re funny. Lucky for us women!
Evolutionary psychologists say that a sense of humor is a sign of intellect and strong genes. To women, who are more selective, because of the burdens associated with pregnancy, funny men are attractive because of the genetic benefit for potential offspring.
When you have much else to go on, a witty person who uses humor in a clever, original way is signaling lots of information, including intelligence, creativity, and even parts of their personality like playfulness and openness to experiences.
In addition to the pull women feel toward funny men, men find women more attractive when they laugh. This could be since laughter signifies enjoyment and interest, or connection and understanding — all desirable qualities in a potential mate. Nice how it all works together!
Whether he likes to show off with slapstick, puns, long stories or teasing, LAUGH! A woman who laughs at a man’s jokes indicates an interest in him, and this spurs even further interest on the part of your guy.
This article has been excerpted from the book Humor’s Hidden Power: Weapon, Shield and Psychological Salve, by Nichole Force, M.A.