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The Art of Taking It Easy: How to Cope with Bears, Traffic, and the Rest of Life's Stressors

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From a psychologist and stand-up comedian comes a practical, yet laugh-out-loud guide to embracing humor 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 humor therapy seminars attended by more than ten thousand people each year. In this brilliant guide he presents hands-on tech
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Apollo Publishers
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Brian King
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This book is so good, it's as if I wrote it myself! ...more
Bárbara Tomé
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Começo por agradecer à editora Pergaminho por gentilmente me ter cedido um exemplar deste livrinho de forma a partilhar convosco a minha opinião.

Tal como aconteceu com o autor, desde cedo sempre me disseram que eu era uma pessoa calma, ou pelo menos aparentava isso, e acabei até por escolher uma actividade profissional muito stressante, sem que isso, até agora, tenha elevado os meus níveis de stress a ponto de influenciar negativamente a minha vida. No entanto, há sempre alguns triggers mais dif
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Leah Davis
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this book, only got it a few days ago and it makes me laugh and has real advice!!
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Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author is an unusual blend of comedian and neurologist/psychologist, which makes this both based on a real understanding of how the brain works and how people think but also guided along by humor that makes it refreshing and easy to read. I was really impressed by the stress management tips, and how he simplifies handling stress and explains why that's critical for our health. We all need to learn to take it a bit easier! I now embrace his tips on a daily basis and I can say candidly that th ...more
Nahanni McKay
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a young 25 year old I can’t relate to the parenting methods of this book but being from the Canadian Rockies I am 100% aware of the stressors bears bring to my life. This book has taught me to take a deep breath and live in the moment
Lindsay
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book for anyone that suffers from negative or worrisome feelings (I think that's everyone, because that's just life). The book has given me tools/concepts that are changing the way I think and make me a better contributor in this complicated world that seems to thrive on those negative feelings. The advice is simple to follow and apply even though it's not really written like a "self help" book.

I have already used the concepts to help myself and my kids in situations that we no
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Amit Verma
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
.This book is by comedian. But it is not superficial or sarcastic. It deals with real stuff.
It points out hyperexcitable modern apes who spray out cortisol in their body at minimal stimulation.
It tries to make them understand that, relax bro. It is just your amygdala whaking you up.
There are no bears out to hunt you.
In a simple, enjoyable prose author describes how we suffer at our own hands in traffic, in gym, in diet plans snd in many other spheres of our daily life.

Resilience is central theme
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Dlaczego książka możne się nie podobać: w każdym rozdziale autor silnie opiera się na przykładach z własnego życia oraz regularnie przytacza historie znajomych i bliskich mu osób. Mamy wywiad z emerytowanym wojskowym (obowiązkowo poprzedzony kilkoma zdaniami wdzięczności dla wojska za służbę), historię związku autora z jego partnerką, diagnozę bezdechu sennego oraz (w moim odczuciu) szczególnie zbędne opowieści osób zajmujących się komedią.

Druga kwestia to całkowite odpolitycznienie i zatomizowa
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Susana Costa
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um livro fácil de ler, com dicas úteis e uma perspectiva interessante e ligeiramente técnica relativamente ao stress.

Gostei particularmente da abordagem da importância da nossa força de vontade quanto à alteração de comportamentos de stress desnecessário. Basicamente, temos de usar a cabeça e pensar se vale a pena ficar numa pilha de nervos por situações que provavelmente não podemos alterar.

Existem partes engraçadas (não fosse o autor comediante), e muitos exemplos práticos do que ele está a t
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Hanna
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ich habe zum ersten Mal in meinem Leben aus dem Buch Zitate rausgeschrieben. Es sind keine bahnbrechende Weisheiten, aber über solche einfachen Dinge des Lebens vergisst man mal manchmal im Eifer des Gefechts und wenn es mal schon brennt. Brian King mit seinem Humor und Geschichten rum um das Gehirn hat zumindest für mich mit seinem Buch geschafft, dass es in Erinnerung bleibt und ich werde hoffentlich auch in manchen Momenten an seine Ratschläge zurückdenken.
Sara
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has some excellent ideas and theories on how to reduce stress. I was able to try a few of them already. At times this read like a text book and there was too much mention of children for my liking. Otherwise, this book is very helpful and will continue to be for the rest of my life.
Brain
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Peggy McCoy
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A simple but solid discussion of stress. I enjoyed the comedic approach. Surprisingly frequent nuggets of :"good stuff"!
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Paul
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nothing groundbreaking but a good book, with solid science and stories to back them up. It's absolutely worth the read. ...more
Sharon
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Need to remember to take it easy his strategies to put things in perspective. Sometimes something simple is not easy to do.
mellidiezahnfee
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zusammenfassung für Querleser:

Das Buch bietet keine bahnbrechenden Zauberformeln, aber es ist so empathisch und wundervoll geschrieben, dass es das Herz eines jeden Lesers berührt und man kann sehr viel für sich selber mitnehmen.


Im Einzelnen:

Man sollte sich vor dem Kauf dieses Buches darüber im Klaren sein, dass der Autor sowohl Psychologe als auch Comedian ist. Diese Mischung ist ganz passend und zaubert einen wunderbaren Sprachstil in das Buch, allerdings gebe ich zu bedenken, dass Geschmäcker
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Ashley
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good book for those that are just starting on their “self help” journey. Dr. Brian shares good tips and provides humor making this an easy read. Also supporting any BGSU grad in their journey.
Jessica
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an enjoyable read with practical and relevant advice for reducing stress. The author uses real world examples backed up by solid scientific data and studies, and still makes it lighthearted and fun. I found the tips helpful for moments when I recognize that I am stressing, worrying, and generally freaking out about things that I may or may not have control over. I have been keeping this book in a place where I see it regularly as a reminder to stop and take a breath, and think about ...more
Sarah Verno
Mar 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Let’s face it: the things we tend to worry sick over or feel threatened by often do not merit the reactions we give to them. It’s almost too easy for us to respond to a challenge like morning traffic with the same visceral reaction we’d have if attacked by a bear. This book was a well-needed reminder that it doesn’t have to be this way - we have options (yes, even in a pandemic!). The nuggets of wisdom throughout the book may not be new, but I did enjoy the author’s fresh, actionable, and often ...more
Tini
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Zu reisserisch geschrieben, wenig Substanz.
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Dr. Brian King trained as a neuroscientist and psychologist and for the past decade has traveled the world as a comedian and public speaker. By day he conducts seminars, presented nationwide and attended by thousands of people each year, on positive psychology, the health benefits of humor, and stress management. By night he practices what he teaches in comedy clubs. Dr. Brian began performing sta ...more

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