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Why a sense of humor is an essential life skill

Humor: Innate Or A Learnable Trait

There appears to be some genetic component to humor; researchers have linked a sense of humor to certain variants of the 5-HTTLPR gene.

But there's no such thing as a completely humorless individual. If you want to boost your sense of humor, try to look at the funny side of life.

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