Why Funny People Get Laid

Being funny is a great quality to have. What are the benefits of it?

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Two activities--being funny and having sex--raise endorphins, release stress, and increase social closeness. A study recently published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology draws a further connection between these two seemingly unrelated things by showing that guys with a better sense of humor are more likely to give women orgasms. The study compiled the results of self-administered surveys given to a group of research subjects. One of their findings was that being funny had a correlation with self confidence and family income. The study also found that it, "predicted women's propensity to initiate sex, how often they had sex, and it enhanced their orgasm frequency in comparison with other partners." To put it bluntly: funny guys are better in the sack.

Could a "sense of humor" have evolved because it gives an evolutionary advantage? It has been observed in other social primates, which prompted some evolutionary psychologists to believe that it evolved as a sexual selection tool. Others theorize that it is an indicator of an person's underlying intelligence. There are three major theories for why humor evolved in humans:

1. Relief Theory: This theory suggests that humor acts as a stress and tension reliever. The fact that it lowers blood pressure and increases endorphins supports this hypothesis.

2. Superiority Theory: People laugh at others to feel superior. Studies have found that bosses tell more jokes than their subordinates.

3. Incongruity Theory: Humor occurs in the unexpected. When people find themselves in the midst of shock and surprise, they laugh.

One of the biggest obstacles in studying humor is that it's extremely difficult to test empirically. Humor can vary dramatically from person to person. A study published in Evolution and Human Behavior, found both women and men equally prefer a partner with a "good sense of humor," but its value differs between the sexes: women value someone who can produce humor as well as someone who can appreciate their own. Men only valued appreciation of their humor; they didn't seem to care if their sexual partner could make them laugh.

Does any of this ring true with you? Have you ever been swept off your feet by a sharp-tongued comedian? Let us know your experiences in the comments section.

Learn More:
The Top 20 Reasons People Have Sex (WebMD)
"Generally speaking, men seek sex because they like how it feels."

Good In Bed: Funny Men Give More Orgasms (Psychology Today)
"Humor is sexy. People with a great sense of humor are attractive as mates and enjoy better mating success."

Do Orgasms Give Women Feedback About Mate Choice? (via epjournal.com)
"The current study represents a preliminary investigation of the extent to which female orgasm functions to promote good mate choices."