#TheArtOfTakingItEasy by @drbrianking

From a psychologist and stand-up comedian comes a practical yet laugh-out-loud guide to embracing humour to reduce stress and live a happier, fuller life.

Dr. Brian King got a degree in psychology before becoming a world-touring comic and the host of humour therapy seminars attended by more than ten thousand people each year. In this brilliant guide he presents hands-on techniques for managing stress by rewiring our brains to approach potentially difficult situations through a lens of positivity. To do so, Dr. King explores what stress is, where it comes from, and what it does to our bodies and brains. He delves deep into how to address everyday stress—as well as anxiety, insecurities, repression, and negativity—and gives insight into resulting ailments such as anxiety disorders, depression, hypertension, obesity, substance abuse disorders, and more. Dr. King’s techniques are chemical and cost free, and embrace humour, resilience, relaxation, optimism, gratitude, and acceptance. Instead of a dry medical approach to dealing with stress, this unique volume is filled with life-changing tips and instructions presented with humour and a wealth of memorable, smile-inducing anecdotes.

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I hope so, I really do.

ARE YOU HAPPY?

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(@apollopublisher, 15 October 2019, ebook, 256 pages, borrowed from @GlasgowLib via @OverDriveLibs, #BigLibraryRead)

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This is very different from the non-fiction I read which tends to be memoirs and the like. I really enjoyed it. This is part psychology book part memoir and just very funny. I’ve never heard of humour therapy before but can see the merit in it. I thought this was an original and entertaining read and not what I expected at all. The author has a lot of sound advice about managing stress and coping with stressful situations. I’ve studied some psychology at The Open University and a lot of the advice is spot-on but presented in a non-academic way. I got a lot out of reading this.

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