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The most dominant theory about why people laugh at each other also happens to be the meanest theory. It’s called the superiority theory of humor, and it goes all the way back to the classical Greeks. (Everyone knows they were a laugh riot.)
Aristotle insisted that we laugh at the ugly or the stupid to express the joy we feel that we’re better than them. Socrates added that we also laugh at those who are delusional about their own abilities, because we flatter ourselves that we’re more clear-sighted. Thomas Hobbes claimed that laughter was a moment of “glory,” in which we feel ourselves to be above other people. –Esther Inglis-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene that includes laughter and the internal monologue that accompanies it.

Journaling Prompt: What makes you laugh?

Art Prompt: Laughter

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about why people laugh and how you can tap into that to create influence.

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