Book Review & Discussion : The Upside of Stress

Do 8. april 2021 om 07:00 - 10:00

Online Event

In this event, you’ll learn

Three different kinds of stress-responses and what happens in your body when each of them is triggered

Why former child soldiers turned out to be especially happy and resilient people
How you can embrace your anxieties instead of playing cat-and-mouse
What happens to stress when you go through it alongside someone you care about
Why “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” has always been true

About the Author

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, as well as a fitness instructor and meditation teacher. Her work has been included in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest, and O, The Oprah Magazine, as well as on NPR and MSNBC. Her research has appeared in journals such as Motivation and Emotion, the Journal of Happiness Studies, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. McGonigal lives in Palo Alto and New York City.


The Upside of Stress Summary & Review

The Upside of Stress (2015) explains that it is our mindset that determines the impact that stress will have on us. The book also provides evidence to suggest that embracing stress can actually have a positive impact on our mental and physical health.

The author, Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist at Stanford University. She is widely known for her work in ‘science help’ which combines insights from psychology, neuroscience, medicine, and biology to provide strategies that support overall health and well-being.

“The best way to manage stress isn’t to reduce or avoid it, but rather to rethink and even embrace it.”

Whatever the sensations of stress are, worry less about trying to make them go away and focus more on what you are going to do with the energy.

Ask yourself… ‘What action can I take, or what choice can I make, that is consistent with my goal in this moment?’

“Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort…. Go after what it is that creates meaning in your life, and then trust yourself to be able to handle the stress that follows.”

“When you view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage.”




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