Book Title: The Art of Taking It Easy by Dr. Brian King
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+) | Genre: Literary/Self-Help/Humor
Publisher: Apollo Publishers | Release date: October 2019
Tour dates: October 15 to Nov 12, 2019 | Content Rating: PG-13+
Psychologist and Comedian King 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, plants for painting physical health and useful advice for setting attainable goals. King's enjoyable guide to living with less will be of help to any anxious reader.
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Feeling Overwhelmed And Exhausted (pages 214) – Art of Taking It Easy: How To Cope With Bears, Traffic, And The Rest Of Life’s Stressors - By Dr. Brian King
I will suggest is simply to smile, even if you have to force it - smiling and laughter make us happy. Remember, the brain interprets physiological cues from the body to determine its emotional state. There are a few studies that show we can elevate our mood by tricking our brain into thinking it is smiling. One way that works well is to hold a pen, pencil, or similarly shaped object in the mouth with the teeth sideways. This creates a facial configuration similar to a smile and immediately elevates mood in most people.
You can try it yourself, if you are feeling down one day and there’s nothing you can do to feel better, PUT A PEN IN YOUR MOUTH. Try it, it can’t hurt. Just don’t bite down too hard.
There are individual differences of course, but in general the more we smile, the happier we become. Are you familiar with the phrase “fake it until you make it”? In this context, it is absolutely true. Even Botox injections, which inhibit frowning, can increase happiness There are individual differences of course, but in general the more we smile, the happier we become. Are you familiar with the phrase “fake it until you make it”? In this context, it is absolutely true. Even Botox injections, which inhibit frowning, can increase happiness.
About the Author:
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, attended by thousands of people each year around the US and internationally, on positive psychology, the health benefits of humor, and stress management. By night he practices what he teaches in comedy clubs, and is the founder and producer of the highly reviewed Wharf Room comedy show in San Francisco. Dr. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans, and a PhD in neuroscience from Bowling Green State University. Hailing from New York and living in dozens of cities throughout the US as the child of a military family, today spends his life on the road with his partner, Sarah, and their young daughter.
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