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9 Hilarious Books That Will Surely Make Your Day (And Teach You Something Great)

9 Hilarious Books That Will Surely Make Your Day (And Teach You Something Great)

According to an article at Real Simple, benefits from reading include increasing intelligence, boosting brain power, becoming more emphatic, helping with relaxation and sleep, and can even help fight Alzheimer’s disease. According to HelpGuide.org, “Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress.” Check out these 12 hilarious books that will surely entertain you and might provide healthy benefits at the same time

1. Bossypants by Tina Fey

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    “Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.” (Amazon)

    This is a humorous, candid, and entertaining book by Tina Fey. The audiobook is presented with the author’s own voice, which adds to the delight of the book.

    You can purchase the book here.

    2. Hyperbole And A Half by Allie Brosh

    hyperbole and a half

      “This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, “The God of Cake,” “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving,” and her astonishing, “Adventures in Depression,” and “Depression Part Two,” which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written.” (Amazon)

      Based on Allie Brosh’s blog, this book is candid, funny (laugh-out-loud), and engaging. She deals with subject matters that a lot of us think about but are too timid to say aloud.

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      You can purchase the book here.

      3. Bitter Is The New Black by Jen Lancaster

      bitter is the new black

        “This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she’s gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she’d never have to answer for when times were good.” (Amazon)

        Jen Lancaster is always funny; however, in this book the reader gets a front row view of how quickly our lives and priorities can change. The front cover of the book alone gives you an idea what to expect and how Lancaster handles situations in a humorous manner.

        You can purchase the book here.

        4. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

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          “Sedaris is Garrison Keillor’s evil twin: like the Minnesota humorist, Sedaris (Naked) focuses on the icy patches that mar life’s sidewalk, though the ice in his work is much more slippery and the falls much more spectacularly funny than in Keillor’s. Many of the 27 short essays collected here (which appeared originally in the New Yorker, Esquire and elsewhere) deal with his father, Lou, to whom the book is dedicated. Lou is a micromanager who tries to get his uninterested children to form a jazz combo and, when that fails, insists on boosting David’s career as a performance artist by heckling him from the audience…. After several extended stays in a little Norman village and in Paris, Sedaris had progressed, he observes, “from speaking like an evil baby to speaking like a hillbilly.” (Publishers Weekly)

          David Sedaris is self-deprecating, genuine, candid, and kind of dark at times. You’ll find yourself not knowing exactly why you are laughing, but laughing nonetheless.

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          You can purchase the book here.

          5. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

          let's pretend

            “In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.” (Amazon)

            Jenny Lawson, like a lot of comedians, turns her pain into humor. She is candid, irreverent, and funny. This humorous memoir is sure to entertain you and have you laughing out loud, even when you know maybe you shouldn’t.

            You can purchase the book here.

            6. Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life

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              “In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures —told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio dj, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters.” (Amazon)

              Tom Robbins tells stories and lets the reader inside his wild and adventurous life. Many reviewer have written that they suggest it’s best to read his other books first. He has a talented writing style that is sure to please.

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              You can purchase the book here.

              7. Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

              is everyone hanging out

                “Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?” (Amazon)

                With a unique voice, genuine honesty, and incredible energy Mindy Kaling shares her life experiences with the reader. On an impressive note,   she has earned the title of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

                You can purchase the book here.

                8. One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1) by Janet Evanovich

                one for the money

                  “Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash–fast–but times are tough, and soon she’s forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family.” (Amazon)

                  This is the first of over twenty books written in the Stephanie Plum Series. It’s funny, relatable, and throws in a bit of romance. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud with the situations our “heroine” gets herself into.

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                  You can purchase the book here.

                  9. A Walk in the Woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian by Bill Bryson

                  a walk in the woods

                    “The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find.” (Amazon)

                    This is a travel memoir that was also made into a movie. Bill Bryson narrates his and his friend’s journey on the Appalachian Trail. He creates visual images in the readers’ minds that are sure to produce a laugh out loud.

                    You can purchase the book here.

                    Featured photo credit: Last Lecture/brewbooks via flickr.com

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                    10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                    10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                    Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                    In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                    These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                    1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                    Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                    But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                    Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                    2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                    You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                    The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                    3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                    If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                    Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                    If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                    4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                    Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                    To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                    In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                    5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                    We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                    If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                    Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                    “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                    6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                    When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                    One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                    So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                    7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                    Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                    Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                    8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                    When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                    So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                    9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                    Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                    It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                    It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                    10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                    There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                    But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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