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.
The next time your heart is pounding from stress, you’re going to think to yourself: This is my body, helping me rise to this challenge.
Stress makes you social. It releases oxytocin, motivating to seek and give support, and strengthening your heart.
I wanted to share this eye-opening TED-talk with you:
I’m going to give this a try. How about you?