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

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5.5 X 8.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Brian King trained as a neuroscientist and psychologist and for more than a 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, stress management, and healthy living. By night he entertains audiences in comedy clubs. Dr. Brian began performing stand-up comedy in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009, and since then he has performed hundreds of shows around the world. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, a master's degree from the University of New Orleans, and a PhD from Bowling Green State University. He is the author of The Art of Taking It Easy (Apollo Publishers) and The Laughing Cure. Dr. Brian hails from New York City, but is regularly on the road with his wife and young daughter or at their homes in Montreal, Canada, or Dallas, Texas.


"King's particular approach is original and refreshing. He combines a winning balance of accessible science, engaging stories, and comic relief to drive home a compelling message."
--Shelf Awareness

"Psychologist and comedian King (The Laughing Cure) explores the science behind stress in this witty, informed guide. The author uses a bevy of running jokes and punch lines to enliven technical explanations for how and why people experience stress. His metaphors of coming across a bear in the wild as well as being stuck in traffic are also used to great effect to explain a variety of stress responses, such as perceiving a threat and feelings of powerlessness. Reframing thoughts plays a large role in King's advice: "Stress is simply a reaction to a perception of threat... being able to consciously redirect choices made by other areas of the brain is the key to living a less stressful existence." He also provides breathing exercises, plans for maintaining physical health, and useful advice for setting attainable goals. An interview with a former paratrooper and a harrowing story centered on his brother's van breaking down while traveling provide particularly helpful examples of how one's mindset can make all the difference in a highly stressful situation. King's enjoyable guide to living with less stress will be of help to any anxious reader."
--Publishers Weekly