Dayton Metro Library is encouraging readers to embrace humor and reduce stress by participating in OverDrive’s Big Library Read, an international digital book club. The featured book is The Art of Taking It Easy: How to Cope with Bears, Traffic, and the Rest of Life's Stressors by Dr. Brian King, a psychologist and stand-up comedian. The ebook and audiobook are available for unlimited borrowing April 5-19 at DaytonMetroLibrary.org or through the Libby app. Readers will need a DML card, or eCard, to borrow the title. Online discussion will take place at BigLibraryRead.com.
The Art of Taking It Easy is a practical, laugh-out-loud guide to embracing humor and reducing stress to live a happier, fuller life. Author Brian King earned a degree in psychology before becoming a world-touring comic. He is the host of humor therapy seminars attended by more than 10,000 people each year.
In his book, King explores what stress is, where it comes from, and its effects on the body and mind. He delves deep into how to address everyday stress and gives insight into resulting ailments such as anxiety disorders, depression, hypertension, obesity, substance abuse, and more. His techniques embrace humor, resilience, relaxation, optimism, gratitude, and acceptance.
“Many of us would agree that the past year has been particularly stressful, and maybe even pushed our stress management skills to the limit,” said King. “The guidance in The Art of Taking It Easy can help with today’s challenges, as well as the ones ahead. You’ll find yourself returning to the advice imparted.”
Publishers Weekly says, “King’s enjoyable guide to living with less stress will be of help to any anxious reader.”
“We can all use a little more humor these days, and help with stress reduction too,” said Holly Richards, DML’s Collection Development Director. “This book is a great combination of funny and useful.”
OverDrive’s Big Library Read connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.
For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665. To register for an eCard, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org/register.