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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The author of The Willpower Instinct delivers a controversial and groundbreaking new book that overturns long-held beliefs about stress.

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.

The Upside of Stress is the first book to bring together cutting-edge discoveries on the correlation between resilience--the human capacity for stress-related growth--and mind-set, the power of beliefs to shape reality. As she did in The Willpower Instinct, McGonigal combines science, stories, and exercises into an engaging and practical book that is both entertaining and life-changing, showing you:
how to cultivate a mind-set to embrace stress how stress can provide focus and energy how stress can help people connect and strengthen close relationships why your brain is built to learn from stress, and how to increase its ability to learn from challenging experiences
McGonigal's TED talk on the subject has already received more than 7 million views. Her message resonates with people who know they can't eliminate the stress in their lives and want to learn to take advantage of it. The Upside of Stress is not a guide to getting rid of stress, but a guide to getting better at stress, by understanding it, embracing it, and using it.
Publisher: New York : Avery, a member of Penguin Random House, 2015.
ISBN: 9781583335611
Branch Call Number: 155.9042 McGo
Characteristics: xxiii, 279 pages ; 24 cm.


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Mar 19, 2018

I have to share the enthusiasm of my fellow "critics" on the quality of Dr. McGonigal's book. It is quite excellent and I learned much about stress that is useful. I'm already an accomplished mindset user, but I had not known how a conscious choice of mindset could transform a fight or flight response into a healthy challenge response or into a prosocial tend and befriend response. The ability to transform a potentially unhealthy response into a healthy and constructive response is a life saver. Dr. McGonigal does an excellent job of pulling together a lot of resources and making them accessible with stories that bring the lessons alive. Dear reader, you could do much worse than invest time and energy in reading this book and working the exercises.

All the best!

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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