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Posted on: April 6, 2021

World's Largest Digital Book Club Adds Humor to Reduce Stress

Big Library Read

Your Abilene Public Library is helping readers embrace humor to reduce stress during the next Big Library Readthe world's largest digital book club. From April 5-19, readers can learn stress-managing techniques from psychologist and stand-up comedian Brian King's The Art of Taking It Easy eBook from their public library.  With a library card, you can borrow the eBook without waiting by visiting https://abilene.overdrive.com/ or downloading the Meet Libby or OverDrive app.  Readers can then discuss the title online at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion//.

Big Library Read is available in over 20,000 libraries around the world, including more than 90% of public libraries in North America. During past programs, readers have participated in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular eBooks and audiobooks.

Big Library Read - The Art of Taking It Easy InfographicFrom a psychologist and stand-up comedian comes The Art of Taking It Easya 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 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 humor, 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 humor and a wealth of memorable smile-inducing anecdotes.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an eBook through public libraries.  This current selection marks the 24th selection of this program, which began in 2013 and takes place three time a year.  Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/..  This free program runs for two weeks and only requires an Abilene Public Library card to get started.

So what are you waiting for? Be a part of the global digital book club and get yourselves a copy of The Art of Taking It Easyby Brian King and enjoy.

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