The month of April typically brings to mind happy thoughts about flowers, rain, gardening, and Easter. But it can also be a stressful time for many due to tax season. Why do we mention that dreadful thing known as taxes?…because they’re due in April, which happens to be National Stress Awareness month. Current events have been attributed to increased stress levels for many, even driving some to withdraw from social media. Friends have parted ways, and family members haven’t been on speaking terms at the dinner table. We have just the remedy for this precarious situation: humor!
April also happens to be National Humor Month. Have you heard the saying that laughter is the best medicine? It’s true! Studies have shown that laughter and humor can alleviate stress levels, decrease stress hormones, increase immune system defenses, and increase pain tolerance (Mayo Clinic Health Letter, July 2015).
So, this month, come in and enjoy some of the books on display about this topic, as well as how to alleviate stress. Live a little, and lighten up!
Texts From Mittens (818.5402 BAI) by Bailey, Angie
Laughter Really is the Best Medicine (818.6 LAU) by Readers’ Digest Association
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things (B Lawson, J.) by Lawson, Jenny
Dad is Fat (814.6 GAF) by Gaffigan, Jim
Food: a Love Story (814.6 GAF) by Gaffigan, Jim
Dog Shaming (636.7 LEM) by Lemire, Pascale
Ultimate Signspotting (910.2 LAN) by Lansky, Doug
Me Talk Pretty One Day (814.54 SED) by Sedaris, David
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers (616.98 SAP) by Sapolsky, Robert M.
Seeking Serenity (155.9042 ENA) by Enayati, Amanda
Success Under Stress (158.72 MEL) by Melnick, Sharon
One Nation Under Stress (155.9042 BEC) by Becker, Dana
Good Stress, Bad Stress (155.9042 LEN) by Lenson, Barry
The Superstress Solution (616.98 LEE) by Lee, Roberta
Greatest Goofiest Jokes (J 793.7 PIE) by Pierce, Terry
Super Goofy Jokes (J 793.7 HOR) by Horsfall, Jacqueline
Ha! Ha! Ha!: over 350 very funny jokes (J 793.73 ARC) by Archbold, Tim
The Coloring Book: a comedian solves race relations in America (SR 818.6 QUI) by Quinn, Colin
Stress Relief: relax the body, calm the mind, restore balance, resolve difficult situations
(SR 155.9042 ROS 1 disc) by Rossman, Martin L.
Stress: Portrait of a Killer (DVD 155.9042 STR)
Yoga for Stress Relief (DVD 613.7046 YOG)
Born a Crime (Cloud Library) by Noah, Trevor
The Everything Kids’ Knock Knock book jokes guaranteed to leave your friends in stitches (Overdrive) by Weintraub, Aileen