Humor can improve the client-therapist relationship and overall success in therapy.

A study from The American Journal of Psychotherapy surveyed 110 clients and their therapists about the use of humor in therapy. It found that clients who reported more humor in their therapy sessions also reported greater pleasure in therapy.

The team says clients often find comfort in joking about their situations and the therapeutic process. Savvy therapists use this humor to their advantage, but are careful not to take it too far.