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.
“When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage. And when you choose to connect with others under stress, you can create resilience.”
What I love about this is our potential to change our minds about stress. There will never be a perfect future where our lives are free of stress. How we think about stress and react to it is healthier and more productive than internalizing it, and pretending it will be better tomorrow.