For the last ten years, Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal has been telling people that stress is the enemy and that it's making them sicker than ever.
Then one piece of research began to change her mind.
In a study of over 30,000 adults, people who experienced a lot of stress had a 43% increased risk of dying. No surprises there. But McGonigal was astonished by an additional part of the study. This percentage was only true if the personbelieved stress was harmful to their health.
Then came the unbelievable part. People who experienced a lot of stress but didn't view it as harmful had the lowest risk of dying overall, even less than people who had experienced little to no stress.
In this TED video, McGonigal explains how we can make stress our friend by using it to perform better and take care of others.
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