The Upside of Stress

The Upside of Stress

Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It

Book - 2015
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"More than forty-four percent of Americans admit to losing sleep over stress. And while most of us do everything we can to reduce it, Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., delivers a startling message: Stress isn't bad. In The Upside of Stress, McGonigal highlights new research indicating that stress can, in fact, make us stronger, smarter, and happier--if we learn how to embrace it"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Avery, a member of Penguin Random House, [2015]
ISBN: 9781583335611
Characteristics: xxiii, 279 pages ; 24 cm


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William R. Leben
Aug 09, 2017

McGonigal marshalls a variety of scientific findings to show that embracing stress brings many advantages and that stress avoidance is not what it's made out to be. The book is well written and easy to follow. I've never read a self-help book as well documented and convincing as this one.

Jul 17, 2016

Good advice on changing your mindset about stress to a more positive one.
The book really drags though. I expected more exercises for improving your own mindset.

cmlibrary_pturner Jan 11, 2016

I read this book after seeing Kelly McGonigal's TED talk "Make Stress Your Friend". I recommend it to anyone who is concerned about how stressful events impact health and personal growth. The scientific research cited in the book gives us all good reason to think more positively and be patient through the challenges.

Aug 05, 2015

This book is so good and has changed my life. I always despised the "aha moment" phrase but I honestly had one with this book and it shook my core. I cried. I suffer from PTSD and had been afraid to live my life and this book showed me that I had given up my life for fear of being stressed. I have been able to take two serious recent stressful events and use them (death of mum and my beloved dog) as catalyst to change my life - instead of being paralyzed by fear. Helpful and easy to read.

epokw May 29, 2015

The book will definitely change your attitude towards stress. Thanks to this book, my life is more stressful than ever, but I'm taking pride in my work. I've also been inspired to take on my more challenging life goals that I previously avoided because I had thought they would be too difficult.


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