5. Laughing at your partner's jokes (yes, even if they aren't funny)
The saying goes, “Laughter is the best medicine,” but beyond its restorative properties, a sense of humor can be beneficial when it comes to dating, too. According to a survey by eHarmony, users said the number one must-have in a match is a sense of humor, and when you think about it, it’s not that surprising — after all, who doesn’t love to laugh?
However, the importance of this trait goes beyond simply letting loose after a particularly funny story; being able to laugh even when a joke falls flat is a key attribute as well. It’s a confidence booster for the other person, and it acts as a sign of support as well. Laughter also relaxes people. In fact, recent studies have found people who laugh more often are more likely to open up and reveal intimate details, proving that laughter does bring people closer. Don’t force it or overdo it, but try to laugh a few times the next time you go out; you may be surprised by what comes of it.