Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

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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 su…


Doc Orman, M.D. says:

Did this Stanford health psychologist get it all wrong in her controversial
TED Talk about making stress your friend? Read this blog post to find

Wayne Nix says:

TEDTalk Tuesday • September 10, 2013

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Today featuring Kelly McGonical: ‘How to make stress your friend’


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.

‘Stress gives us access to our hearts. The compassionate heart that finds
joy and meaning in connecting with others, and yes, your pounding physical
heart, working so hard to give you strength and energy.’ ~Kelly McGonigal

#TED #TEDTalk #Tuesday #women #inspiration

MomoTheBellyDancer says:

Stress is good for us. At least, that’s what the people who want to exploit
you want you to believe. As long as you make them money, they don’t care.

Stress also stifles creative thought, which is exactly what the exploiters
like to see. Don’t think for yourself; do your job, and shut up!

This TED talk is a pernicious piece of garbage, and a disgrace to TED
overall. I wonder how much corporate funding McGonigal receives to spread
this nonsense.

Denise Wakeman says:

“Go after what is creating meaning in your life, and then trust yourself to
handle what follows.” ~Kelly McGonigal

h/t +Stephan Hovnanian for encouragement to watch the video

#tedtalk #stress #stressmanagement 

Peter Pasieka says:

Who doesn’t have stress in life, I know I do:

Charles Scott Johnstone says:

Your mental model is killing you…. Change your mind and focus on others
will save your life. 

Elmarie Porthouse says:

We all have to endure #stress. But used correctly, stress can become your
friend. It may even save your life!
h/t +Jean-mari Bergh 

Masaki Okamoto says:

This talk reminds me of something important every time I watch it: When we
reach out and help others, we’re also helping ourselves. An act of caring
makes you a stronger person than you were before.

I used to play guitar on the streets of Tokyo, to earn money. Sometimes I
was surprised to see how people who looked poor and needy were the ones who
were most generous and giving. A lot of the time, people who wore the
cheapest cloths gave me the most money. Maybe they needed to be that way
more than those who wore expensive suits did.

In any case, I gain a little piece of courage whenever I think about these

Business Rockstars says:

*How To Make Stress Your Friend*

When +Kelly McGonigal (psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University)
first told her audience that a belief in the harmful effects of stress —
and not stress itself — was a serious health risk, many people laughed.

But by the end of her talk, most of them were willing to accept that a
change in their perception of stress rather than the elimination of it
could save them from a premature death.

Her presentation, “How To Make Stress Your Friend,” draws on three recent
studies that reveal how stress is a natural reaction to adversity, and if
you stop becoming anxious about your stress, the body can naturally cope in
a healthy way.

#stressmanagement #tedtalk 

Suzanne Turner says:

Needs a book full of techniques now! “The Biology of Courage” Very cool. :)

Arthur Runyan says:


Rocio Goodey says:

Thought someone out there besides me could use this right now.

Fdascfasfca Csacsacs says:

Now I know why I grew as an anxious child, because people kept judging me
and I didn’t rise against my shyness. My life style was pretty lonely too
and now that I think about it I was always happier and felt better when
hanging around people who accepted me.

David Cuen says:

Stress makes you confident

Kitti McConnell says:

Wow. OK, I will teach myself to view stress and stress reactions as
positive, as opening my heart to new experience and rising to challenge.
Aaaaaand GO!

potatoep1 says:

The way she talks is stressing me out. 

Todd W says:

EVERYONE…WATCH THIS! May be one of the most important things you can

Mental Health Association of Nebraska says:

A short video that looks at stress from a different angle.

Kitty Antonik Wakfer says:

My experience as a registered nurse for 13 years (with much work related to
psychological/psychiatric situations) and then as a mechanical engineer for
16 years has provided me with an understanding of both #stress and strain
from both a psychological and materials/structure standpoint. It is more
the strain, the response of a body/mind/material/structure to the “force”
applied, that is the concern. Stress is a fact of nature for both humans
(and all llifeforms) and for both materials, especially when being used by
humans for some purpose such as structures. What will be the strain – the
effect – on the “body” to which the stress is applied? Will it be resilient
enough to withstand that resultant strain without failure
(illness/dysfunction/death in humans)? Can it be reinforced in some manner
to effect improved #resilience ?

I wrote the above prior to watching +Kelly McGonigal’s TEDTalk which was a
pleasure to view. It is good to learn that she now realizes, based on new
information and new knowledge she recently gained, that stress is not in
itself harmful. (Also, statistics can be used to say almost anything.) Yes,
understanding how your body reacts to stress and why it does so can be
enormously beneficial if practices are incorporated for increasing
resilience to stressful situations and/or the resulting strain (temporary
deformation or damage). Being part of a supportive network of people who
care about each other’s wellbeing is definitley a must – even if it’s only
1 other person who really understands and cares. “Chasing meaning is better
for your health than trying to avoid discomfort.” – well put and studies I
also have read find this to be so.

Jillian Badway says:

very cool…

Ivonne Hernandez says:

Excellent presentantation….after all life is about perspective and you
can change the world around you if you change the perception of your own
life. Congratulations Kelly!!!

Skye Smith says:

saweet 😉
Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

PappaTje e says:

Very interesting, as is most stuff on TED!

Mansur He says:

Wow this is one of the best presentation i’ve ever seen.
Very interactive, entertaining and educational

YQnancy Wang says:

#KellyMcGonigal on #TED

zachariah salazar says:

Its a basic failure to not understand your terms. There is distress which
can cause a negative and eustress which is positive. If you dont start from
there all of your lines are muddled to begin with.

andquester says:

Thank you Ms. McGonigal this was a very helpful talk.

itsjustabigailify says:

I love you Kelly !!!! :)

James Stewart Hypnotherapy says:

This is a great video on stress. It is a must watch. So good.

Monther Al Kharusi says:

I like it

Dave Birney says:

what is strass?

Vasantha Kumar says:

Wonderful lecture…Thanq McGonial…….Stress is GOOD….if we know how
to manage it……there are lot of simple, reliable, measurable techniques
we teach students in our workshops……..”POWER WITHIN’…&….”MAKE YOUR

Daniel Kim says:

Thank you so much for this Kelly McGonigal. I appreciate it.

Nikita Talreja says:

Something m gonna rewatch again and a again 🙂 

Focused Hypnosis says:

A great Ted talk on how to change how you feel about stress. Well worth a

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