The Upside of Stress

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.


For reflection alone or together:

Does Kelly's perspective match your experience? How or how not?

How might adopting this view of stress change your experience of stress?

Next week: Cultivating lovingkindness for ourselves and others