Author(s): Kelly McGonigal
What if everything you thought you knew about stress was wrong? Over the years we've grown to see stress as Public Enemy No.1, responsible for countless health problems, relationship troubles, unhappiness and anxiety, and to be avoided at all costs. But what if changing your mindset about stress could actually make you healthier, happier and better able to reach your goals? In this new book, health psychologist Dr Kelly McGonigal reveals the new science of stress, showing that by embracing stress and changing your thinking, your stress response could become your most powerful ally. Drawing on the latest research and practical brain-training techniques, The Upside of Stress shows you how to do stress better, to improve your health and resilience, focus your energy, build relationships and boost courage. Rethink stress, and watch your life change for the better.
How to harness stress to become happier, healthier and more successful
"The Upside of Stress is a perfect how-to guide for anyone who wants to tap into the biology of courage and the psychology of thriving under pressure." Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive "A fascinating tour of cutting-edge research on how stress affects us in ways, both good and bad, that we never suspect. McGonigal brings scientific studies to life, makes her lessons tangible and provides fascinating take-aways for anyone who experiences stress - which, let's face it, is all of us, often all the time." Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit "A courageous, counterintuitive and convincing case for a big idea: stress can be good for you. This enchanting, evidence-based book has already transformed how I think about stress, and I recommend it highly to anyone who lives in the 21st century." Adam Grant, author of Give and Take "If you've ever complained of being stressed out, you need to read this perceptive, thought-provoking book. Kelly McGonigal reveals the surprising truth about why we should embrace the many unsung benefits of stress. The Upside of Stress will change the way you think - and it will change your experience of your life." Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project "The message that stress can actually convey health benefits is important and needs to be heard. This thoughtful analysis on the role of mindset will prompt you to re-think your relationship with stress, and help you realize its benefits." Andrew Weil, MD, author of Spontaneous Happiness
Dr Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. As a leader in the field of 'science help,' she is passionate about translating cutting-edge research from psychology, neuroscience and medicine into practical strategies for health, happiness and personal success. Her TED talk 'How to make stress your friend' has been viewed over 7 million times. www.kellymcgonigal.com/@kellymcgonigal