The Joy of Stress

Peter G. Hanson, Author Andrews McMeel Publishing $14.95 (278p) ISBN 978-0-8362-2411-5
Beguiled by the introduction to this self-help manual, readers will know straightaway why the book has been a bestseller in the author's home country, Canada. Hanson, a doctor with many years of experience, has rare perceptions of the human psyche as well as the body, and a merry sense of humor. Discussing ills blamed on stress, he describes ways in which stressful situations can be turned to advantage. He covers the benefits of eating wisely, exercising sanely, staying busy (particularly when older and retired), etc. This doctor's orders emphasize that being selfish in caring for ourselves is good for us and for those who want us to live long and well. Also vitally necessary to health, he reminds us, is the ability to laugh, especially at ourselves. 100,000 first printing; 50,000 ad/promo. (April 14)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
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