By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent 6:16PM BST 05 Aug 2012
People with a good sense of humour are more attractive and have a better chance of finding a partner, researchers claim.
Showing off one’s playful side is a strategy men and women have developed to make themselves more appealing to potential mates, a new survey suggests.
A team of US academics surveyed 250 undergraduate students and found that both sexes list “sense of humour”, “fun loving” and “playful” among the most important characteristics they look for in a potential long-term partner.
The results could explain why humans continue to play throughout their lives, while most other animals stop doing so when they reach adulthood, the researchers said.
Playful behaviour may provide an evolutionary benefit by displaying desirable qualities such as non-aggressiveness or youthfulness to potential long-term partners, they explained.
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