The Upside of Stress will change the way you think—and it will change your experience of your life. I’m a health psychologist, and through all my training in psychology and medicine, I got one message loud and clear: Stress is toxic. First, I was already aware that some beliefs can influence longevity. In both the housekeeping and the milkshake studies, when people’s perceptions changed, their bodies’ responses changed. So this book includes a crash course in the new science of stress and what psychologists call mindsets. I STOOD IN THE Behavioral Research Lab at Columbia University holding my right arm out at shoulder height. The bands were attached to an impedance cardiography machine that measured the activity of my heart. The Upside of Stress: Why stress is good for you (and how to get good at it) - Kindle edition by McGonigal, Kelly. I also talked to scientists who are part of a new generation of stress researchers, whose work is redefining our understanding of stress by illuminating its upside. People who reported high levels of stress but who did not view their stress as harmful were not more likely to die. 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In fact, stress has many benefits, from giving us greater focus and energy, to strengthening our personal relationships. There should have been no difference in how the participants’ digestive tracts responded. The CD is narrated by Kelly McGonigal (her previous book, The Willpower Instinct, was narrated by a man), and she is really clear and easy to follow. How you think about aging can even influence your will to live as you grow older. So I purchased the audiobook in hopes it would make it easier to digest, but the voice chosen didn’t resinate well with me, and the context of the book did not change (of course), so I couldn’t even bring myself to finish listening to the audiobook either. In one study at the University of California, Santa Barbara, overweight women read a New York Times article about how employers are beginning to discriminate against overweight workers. Both practical and life-changing, During military survival training, a higher growth index is associated with greater focus, less dissociation, and superior problem-solving skills, as well as fewer post-traumatic stress symptoms afterward. 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The course, which enrolls people of all ages and from all walks of life, is designed to transform the way we think about and live with stress. In The Upside of Stress, McGonigal highlights new research indicating that stress can, in fact, make us stronger, smarter, and happier―if we learn how to embrace it. AmazonUIPageJS : P).load.js('https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71h1by4IThL.js?AUIClients/GoldboxUDPAssets'); Importantly, both studies measured recovery in objective outcomes, such as walking speed, balance, and ability to perform daily activities. Making peace with a past that includes childhood abuse. The author is a health psychologist and academic who specialises in stress. The Upside of Stress taught me to think about stress differently. It turns out that how you think about stress is also one of those core beliefs that can affect your health, happiness, and success. One credit a month to pick any title from our entire premium selection to keep (you’ll use your first credit now). This is a perfect example of a mindset effect. She doesn't stay in the safe zone if typical advice, but ventures into the edges of science to redefine what others only have a hunch about, that when you reframe stress as meaningful you can cope better and even use it to improve your life and other around you. McGonigal has taught for a wide range of programs at Stanford University, including the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Business, and Stanford Continuing Studies, where her popular public courses include "The Science of Willpower" and "How to Think Like a Psychologist." I can’t guarantee that every idea in this book is going to help with every form of stress or suffering. 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