This investigation of public and private positive humor use in long-term relationships suggests that
the value of humor depends upon where it is used and who uses it. For men, relational satisfaction
is positively associated with positive humor use in private, but negatively associated with positive
humor use in public. For women, humor use is unrelated to relational satisfaction. For men and
women, greater perceived use of positive humor in private by one’s partner is positively related to
humor’s importance. For women, greater perceived use of humor in public is negatively related to
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positive humor use
in relationships. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference at Boston,
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