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Got time off? Relax and re-energize with free books, magazines & podcasts!

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Got workaholic tendencies? Then maybe it’s time to take a break! Whether you’re vacationing or simply enjoying a day at the beach, these link-filled articles can help you connect with some great tools & media that will help you shift gears, re-energize and maybe even reclaim that long-lost enthusiasm.

 

Winter Blues? “Spit on Your Hands & Get Busy!” Learn Something New!

Learn something new!! Create something new!In one of Brian Johnson’s Philosopher’s Notes, I came across this quote from Dale Carnegie’s How To Stop Worrying and Start Living:

“George Bernard Shaw was right. He summed it all up when he said: ‘The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.’ So don’t bother to think about it! Spit on your hands and get busy. Your blood will start circulating; your mind will start ticking—and pretty soon this whole positive upsurge of life in your body will drive worry from your mind. Get busy. Keep busy. It’s the cheapest kind of medicine there is on this earth—and one of the best.”

In another of Brian’s Philosopher’s Notes, he shares this quote from Sonja Lyubomirsky’s The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want

“In 1932, weighed down by the sorrows and agonies of his self-absorbed and aimless clients, an Australian psychiatrist named W. Béran Wolfe summed up his philosophy like this: ‘If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert.’ He was right. People who strive for something personally significant, whether it’s learning a new craft, changing careers, or raising moral children, are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations. Find a happy person, and you will find a project.”

So how about you? What “personally significant” goal have you set for yourself lately? And if you happen to be housebound by this brutal winter, why not take on the challenge of learning something new?

Follow the links below to find some amazing free learning opportunities. Then “Get busy. Keep busy. It’s the cheapest kind of medicine there is on this earth…” to drive away those winter blues!

OverDrive + Zinio = FREE Books & Magazines from Public Libraries!

This video shows how you can use the OverDrive app and the Zinio app to get free ebooks and magazines for your tablet or smartphone from your public library.

Why buy books, when you can use OverDrive to download them from your public library for a couple of weeks for FREE? And why buy magazines, when you can use Zinio to download them from your public library for FREE, read them, and even KEEP THEM FOREVER on your tablet or smart phone? In this video you’ll learn how to set up and use both these powerful apps to get TONS of reading material from one — or many more — free public libraries!

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