We all know that books are amazing, but did you know that they can have health benefits too? They can help to reduce your stress hormone levels, trigger the release of endorphins and provide you with a sense of well-being. All you need to do to reap these benefits is laugh out loud. As luck would have it, there are a number of free ebooks available that are humorous enough to provide you with a couple of laughs. So, if you are in need of cheering up and can do with a little stress relief, then check out the following free ebooks that will make you laugh out loud.
by Jerome K. Jerome
Three Men in a Boat was first published in 1889, but the jokes are just as funny today as they were back then. The book is about a three men going on a much needed boating holiday on the Thames after determining that they all suffer from overwork. It was actually intended to be a serious travel guide at first, but includes so many humorous anecdotes that it is hard not to laugh out loud when reading about the trip. Jerome also followed this book with “Three Men on the Bummel,” which is not quite as funny, but still worth a read.
by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde is an author that needs no introduction and while many of his stories are laugh out loud funny, The Canterville Ghost remains a firm favorite amongst fans. It is the story of a house that is haunted by the ghost of a nobleman, Sir Simon de Canterville. The haunting ramps up when an American Minister and his family moves into the house and refuses to be scared by all the clanking chains and ghostly activities. This causes poor ghost to continually try harder and harder in its attempts to frighten the family.
by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
P.G. Wodehouse is another author that is known for his sharp wit, which makes the collection of short stories contained in My Man Jeeves well worth reading for those in need of a chuckle. Most fans agree that the funniest stories by Wodehouse are the ones featuring his characters, Bertie and Jeeves, so it’s a good thing that this book features plenty of them. There are also a couple of stories about other characters that are not quite as funny, but overall this is one of those books that are hard to put down once you start.
by Ambrose Bierce
While it might sound strange to read a dictionary, this one by Ambrose Bierce is definitely not an ordinary one. It contains a collection of common words, but Bierce’s humorous definitions for them are anything but ordinary. The fact that this dictionary is more than 100 years old at this point also does nothing to diminish how funny it is. There is a good reason why The Devil’s Dictionary is considered one of the best satires written in America, and while it has been imitated many times, the original is still the best.
by George & Weedon Grossmith
The Diary of a Nobody was written by two brothers, George and Weedon Grossmith, chronicling the life of the fictional Charles Pooter. Pooter is a senior bank clerk and not particularly important or remarkable in any way, but feels self-important enough to document his daily life. Not only is Pooter rather bumbling, but frequently clashes with tradesmen, servants and office juniors. He is also rather prone to humiliating himself in social situations and his diary, which covers just over a year in his life, is as cringe-worthy as it is laugh out loud funny.