This dissertation derived from recognition that in the beginning of a romantic relationship people experience and remember a lot of laughter. If relationship ends there isn't any laughter. It has been proven by research that in the honeymoon stage hormones secreted in our body enhance our ability to meet each other's needs and provide a sense of well being to achieve the desired result, which would be procreation. Once that stage of the relationship is completed, Mother Nature stops supplying hormones like dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin to help us in the process of creating happy and fun-filled relationships. The purpose of this investigation is to see if the formula that this scholar believes is the universal law of laughter will be supported by this research. The formula is: Needs being met + Shared sense of humor = Laughter. As a professional comedian, I use this formula to gauge the connection, mood, and level of interest of my audience. The question is can laughter be used as a gauge to identify whether your partner’s needs are met and the shared sense of humor triggered the laughter. The research design for this study is a qualitative, phenomenological study using purposive sampling in the selection of the subjects, women who have been married for at least 3 years, were interviewed. The data gathering instruments were documents related to relationship needs, interviews, and researcher observations. Questions regarding strategies and practices of married couples when meeting each other's needs, challenges, measuring and tracking success, and recommendations were discussed with the subjects, analyzed, coded, and grouped in themes.

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Dissertations (EdD) -- Organizational leadership; Laughter; Wit and humor -- Social aspects; Communication in marriage -- Case studies

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Madjidi, Farzin;