How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal

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.

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24 thoughts on “How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal

  1. Wowee! This is fantastic information Kelly 👍💐👏 thank you ever so much, who knows u may have just saved dozens of others & my life, thank you 💞🌎💞

  2. “how you think and how you act can change your experience of stress. ”

    ›choose to view your stress response (heart pounding, palm sweaty, etc) as helpful, it'll bring joy and courage into your life.

    ›choose to connect with others under stress, you can create resilience.

    Literally the whole point is CHANGING OUR VIEW about our stress response, and BUILDING CONNECTION with someone during stress moment, to be happier and healthier also live longer.

    Good luck everyone!

  3. Maybe thinking stress is good makes you less stress. It's not that thinking stress is healthy makes your stress being healthy but it make you less stress and by doing that you're healthier, and stress is still bad.

  4. Measuring "Death" in order to prove a hypothesis, is over-simplification of how our systems work. There are just too many factors involved. If the experiments would have proved that it improved our daily lives in some way, would have been a better parameter

  5. I'd really like to know which studies McGonigal was talking about – they sound very interesting. Does anyone know the titles or authors? 🙂

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