Laughter is the best medicine. Don’t you just love that expression? I love the simplicity of thinking that a good laugh could cure my troubles or at least distract me from them for a little bit. It’s an especially wonderful idea when your mind is at its worst and just won’t behave.
One thing I’ve learned when coping with my own anxiety was that laughing really did help me. It helped me to find some joy when I’m spiralling into depression. I’ve decided to help out my fellow depressives and throw out my top three books that have always made me laugh no matter how hopeless the situation seemed. Hopefully, they’ll work for you too.
5 Very Good Reasons To Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth By The Oatmeal
If you’re unfamiliar with The Oatmeal please go and check out his website, get some snacks and get comfortable. After reading one post that a friend sent me I spent the next week actively avoiding work and laughing myself silly at comics that perfectly mirrored the ridiculousness of life.
His comics are honestly brilliant, gorgeously illustrated and tremendously funny. Look, guys, we all know that life is kind of terrible and we’ve all come close to that moment when we’re about to lose it and just slap a bitch. When that happens to me I know I need a break from the stupidity of humanity and I’m telling you that The Oatmeal has become my first stop when I need a pick-me-up. If you think you’re not a fan of comics I seriously suggest you give these ones a go. Unless you’ve got something against joy and pure, unadulterated happiness, I dare you to try them and not become hooked.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened By Jenny Lawson
It’s not every day you come across a book about fisting real live-action squirrel sock-puppets or accidentally stabbing yourself with chicken, but that’s what Let’s Pretend This Never Happened has got up its sleeve plus so much more.
Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) has a strangely unique way of experiencing life that makes you realise that yes, life is indeed shit – but it’s all the better to laugh at yourself. To be honest, I can’t even describe how much I adore this book except to say that it is indescribable and incomparable in the best possible way!
The Internet Is a Playground By David Thorne
A word of advice – do not, I repeat, DO NOT read this book in public unless you’re comfortable being looked at like a fucking lunatic for laughing uncontrollably. I’ll keep it honest – that’s putting it lightly. In reality, I looked like a morbidly-obese seal clapping for fish while gasping for breath. Believe it or not, but I’ve looked sexier.
The first time I came across David Thorne was when my (occasionally smarter) brother sent me a link to a blog post entitled Missing Missy about a series of emails between Thorne and one of his co-workers regarding her missing cat. I shriek-laughed so hard and loud I caught the unwanted attention of literally everyone around me, and yes – it was just as awkward as you’d imagine.
This incredible book is basically a series of correspondence between Thorne and everyone from various co-workers, to his doctor to a blockbuster employee and pushing basic, everyday situations to the point of absolute hilarity and ridiculousness.
If you’re ever in need of a good, clench-your-legs-together-so-you-don’t-pee-your-pants kind of laugh then do yourself a solid and grab one of these books. You won’t regret it.
Happy reading, nerds!