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'Roasting' Your Loved One Makes Your Relationship Stronger, Proves University Study

Men's Health UK logo Men's Health UK 13/01/2020 Edward Cooper

Jolly teen multi-ethnic couple making fake mustaches © Getty Jolly teen multi-ethnic couple making fake mustaches Anyone who's been in a serious relationship will know that, behind doors, it's anything but. Once you've emigrated out of the so-called 'honeymoon period' and checked in to long-term territory, it's cart-blanche for japes, jibes and humour at your loved one's expense. 

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Which means that, findings from a new study carried out by Appalachian State University are to be believed, the relationship between you and your partner gets stronger with every jab and every snarky comment. So, consider it official that regular 'roasting' of your paramour is a stronger indicator of a healthy relationship, as the study found that couples who 'roast each other daily' are considerably more likely to enjoy a lengthy, happy and long-lasting romance.

© Getty All of which makes for good news if you're never short of a jibe, a dad joke or a slice of sarcasm. There is, however, a certain etiquette to respect when it comes to this verbal swordplay — it has to be done strategically.

“Make sure that not only your personalities mesh, but your humours do too—so no one takes offence, feels hurt, or gets defensive,” said celebrity dating coach and podcast host, Laurel House to Cosmopolitan UK.

© Getty We'll make it simple for you: making fun of your partner for a quirk like indecision on a restaurant, film or takeaway is fine (as long as they laugh along), or for an inside joke or experience that you both share. Maybe they have a questionable taste on Netflix films or have a habit for leaving things in the bathroom. Either way, the 'roasting' can help you feel more connected and releases endorphins — the happy, bordering-on-trippy hormone.

© Getty However, if either party makes snarky comments at less-than-desirable habits or sore spots in the relationship, then you've crossed the line into argument territory. That's because, as with a relationship on the whole, it's about having fun instead of being hurtful to one another.

Playful young couple teasing in home bedroom in the morning. © Getty Playful young couple teasing in home bedroom in the morning. “When you roast each other’s quirks, you are effectively pointing out the little, sometimes ignored sides to your personalities," explained House. "Those quirks tend to be the things that you love the most about your partner." Plus, when it comes to addressing 'harder' stuff in your relationship, it'll help you shed light on an issue that one of you may not be comfortable with. Just do it sensibly, you dig?

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