Laughter truly is the best medicine. Not only can laughing bring your mood up in the darkest of days, but it makes you infinitely more attractive, friendly and approachable.
So it's no surprise that when SKOUT, a global app that helps you meet new people and expand your social circle, examined a sample of its users' profile photos, they found that people whose photos show them laughing (not just smiling!) are favorited 404 percent more often and make 324 percent more connections.
More connections means developing more new friendships. So you don't have to stick with a simple smiling photo. Instead, allow yourself (or another friend) to capture the joy of the moment.
SKOUT also surveyed around 3,372 U.S. users on various topics such as humor and friendship. Here are five things they found:
1. Funny people know that they are funny.
Seventy-five percent of the people surveyed believe that they are funny, and 81 percent who have a witty sense of humor are more likely to think that they are funny.
2. Laughing is more fun with friends.
A good 94 percent of people admit to finding enjoyment in making others laugh, and those who enjoy slapstick humor are also more likely to enjoy making other people laugh.
3. People with "bathroom humor" have more friends.
Everyone has that one comedian friend, and researchers found that practical jokers tend to have more friends, people with "bathroom humor" tend to have five or more close friends. Meanwhile, the sarcastic or self-deprecating humorists don't have too many.
4. Women prefer comedy films over romance.
Twenty-six percent of women would pick a comedy movie compared to the 18 percent who prefer a romance. Twenty-one percent of men would pick comedy while the rest prefer action and adventure films.
5. Houston, Texas is the best place to find a good laugh.
One hundred percent of Houstonians enjoy making other people laugh. L.A. and Atlanta are a close second at 98 percent each. Although 83 percent of New Yorkers and San Franciscans say that they're funny, we're not actually sure if they are.
And who knows? Maybe this new friendship can lead to something more?