There has been a lot of recent discussion about stress, and in general stress is thought to be a bad thing. But, is it? Recent evidence at least suggests that stress can be a good thing. Wouldn’t it be great if we could actually harness the power of stress to improve our lives and increase our resilience?

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

For a very interesting take on stress and the positive effects of stress, take a look at this great video by Kelly McGonigal, author of The Upside of Stress.


(from the TED website)


I am about halfway through the book, and I have to tell you it has changed the way I view stress. As someone who has a tendency to let stress adversely effect them (just being vulnerable here), this book has been influential in convincing me that I could “flip the switch” and make stress work for me. I HIGHLY recommend this book.



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