Laughter is your sixth sense. But if you assume that by ‘sixth sense’ we mean ESP or any other psychic ability, sorry to shove you off your unicorn.
The chances you’ll ever telepathically communicate with your boyfriend or score free drinks with telekinesis are lower than the odds of Jonah Hill being cast as Batman. But you have something much better: an innate and almost freaky ability that any empath would covet. Like sight, smell, sound, touch and taste, it’s an unconscious cognitive process that you were born with – otherwise known as humour.
I know this might at first sound a little lame, especially compared to full-blown, nosebleed-inducing psychic abilities such as shape-shifting and teleportation. But before you dismiss it as hyperbolic, consider the following:
1) You had a huge laughter vocab – from grinning through chortling to literally pissing yourself – long before you could put together your first ‘mama’ or ‘dada’.
2) You were laughing your head off about 300 times a day as a kid, but that’s dipped down to between seven and four now. (Typing ROTFLMAO doesn’t count unless it’s accompanied by uncontrollable body spasms, moist eyes and mortifying snorts.)
3) You were doing that boat-load of laughing at a time when every other day involved bleeding and Mercurochrome, and every night meant dodging the monsters under the bed. On top of this, you were totally at the mercy of your mother’s dress sense, had no money of your own, couldn’t drive and – even after you’d just broken your collarbone – no-one thought to pour you a stiff drink.
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All things considered, it would make more sense to work up to 300 laughs a day: to start being utterly, humouressly miffed 24/7, then gradually build up to the 300 peak that would coincide with landing a fab job, bagging enough cash to fire mom as your stylist, getting the occasional migraine instead of stitches and enjoying a hot man-monster who’s not only great in bed but who’s also pouring you a glass of bubbly at the same time.