We are often told that stress is the enemy. But to think of it that way isn’t good for you. In a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin that tracked 30,000 adults over 8 years, researchers found that those who think of stress as harmful to their health had a 43 percent increased risk of dying. Those who experienced stress but didn’t view it as harmful were least likely to die.
Kelly McGonigal, health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, presented a TED talk on this subject in efforts to change the negative perceptions we may have about stress to see stress as a positive. McGonigal also introduces a helpful mechanism produced by stress: oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone, which is the body’s way of informing you to reach out to others for help.
Changed your perception about stress? Let me know in the comments below.