Let’s face it – people like to laugh. (All except the Parisians, they were much more interested in having intellectual, thought-provoking discussions). Humour is a one of the six signs of attraction and, just as much as we love to laugh, we love to hear people laugh at our jokes.

While researching the flirting behaviour of 250 single people in the cities of London, N.Y.C, Paris and Stockholm, I found that in the majority of cases, being funny was a male domain.

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As one guy said, “I like it when she laughs at my bad jokes.” There was one exception and that was New York. Here, humour was an equal opportunity sport. As one guy said, “she will say something funny and then I will say something funny,” and another, “I can tell we are flirting because we will make each other laugh.”

Regardless of who is telling the jokes, almost everyone said that humour had a big part in flirting and attraction. Like touch, laughter also stimulates the reward centre in our brains. It produces oxytocin, a liking enhancer. As a bonus, when we are in this state, we include those around us in our happy, good humoured euphoria.

Read: Be around people who are laughing and in good moods and you will reap the benefits.

Want to learn about the other signs? Just think HOT APE.

H – Humour
O – Open Body Language
T – Touch

A – Attention
P – Proximity
E – Eye Contact

If you want to learn more about humour, have a look at the Laugh Lab, an experiment conducted by psychologist Richard Wiseman.