Telling jokes is often one of the ways that couples connect. Whenever I am with my husband, I often find that one or both of us are trying to make the other laugh, to lighten the mood, or to simply make the other smile. It's a nice feeling because it makes me feel cared for and emphasizes that my partner cares about my feelings, too. However, once in a while, one of us will let slip a seemingly harmless joke that hurts the other person, and an inevitable fight ensues.
If you've been in a relationship long enough, this has probably happened to you too. When you first meet the person you plan to be with, it's difficult to know where they draw the line between funny and decidedly unfunny. Sometimes, our humor hurts people without us meaning to do so — because weren't we just trying to make them giggle a little bit? It's something that every couple needs to figure out for themselves, because we all have a different tolerance for sarcasm and jokes that barely masquerade as bitterness.
If you've got a grievance to bear, maybe sit down with your partner and talk it out instead. Do not, and I repeat, do not engage in what starts off as a joke but turns out to be just mockery, ridicule, or contempt. As an example, here are 7 seemingly harmless jokes that are actually going to surely hurt your partner. You'll want to stay away from these.