The Book Report series consists of monthly articles reviewing one of the books I read that month followed by the complete list of all the books I read and/or listened to. I disclose my monthly reading list (the good, the bad, and the embarrassing) so my readers can draw from the same resources I do or just get an insight into the many interests I have that I might not blog about. If you have any book recommendations for me, pass them along!
Life is a Joke: 100 Life Lessons (With Punch Lines)
By: Gordon and John Javna
Did you hear the one about the man who thought he was dead? Yeah, me neither. My sense of humor is what I call "chemistry" dependent - when I'm around certain people, I can rattle of jokes and puns like no one's business, but you'll never see me burying my nose in a joke book. This little volume is different though. It does something that I absolutely LOVE, which is connecting two seemingly unrelated things and finding the meaning between them. The authors brilliantly mined a selection of jokes for the life lessons hidden within and expanded upon them with research in the areas of psychotherapy, psychology and social science. The result is an easy-to-read book that alternates between funny, light-hearted jokes for the entertainment factor and a more serious, but gentle, examination into human nature.
In these chapters, the authors provide us with tools to examine our own implicit beliefs and see ways they are holding us back, how to break ties from toxic relationships, how to develop empathy and compassion, and how not to take ourselves too seriously. I was impressed with their references, which gave me the sense that they weren't just pulling their advice out of their asses but rather, they gave some real thought into how to help people cope with a variety of situations.
The best part about this book is that you can flip through it at random. It's sort of like a fortune cookie that way - not as tasty, but it gives you a short, digestible message that you can carry with you throughout your day.
My copy has several dog-eared pages to refer back to and I would highly recommend giving this to someone as a gift. It brings humor to otherwise serious topics, and if there is one thing I've learned after reading numerous self-development, psychology and spirituality texts, it's that wisdom and humor are better lovers than friends.
Have you read this book or will you be adding it to your list? Leave me your thoughts in the comment section below!
Reading List: July
Life is a Joke - Gordon and John Javna
Erotic Poems of the Sanskrit - R. Parthasarathy
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells - Andrew Sean Greer
Calypso - David Sedaris
Braving the Wilderness - Brene Brown
If You Only Knew - Kristin Higgins
Now That You Mention It - Kristin Higgins
Real Love - Sharon Salzberg