Its equally wise to go for the stressful job so long as you believe that you can handle it in some sense? Kelly McGonigal: Yeah, and one thing we know for certain is that chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort. And so I would say thats really the best way to make decisions is go after what it is that creates meaning in your life, and then trust yourself to handle the stress that follows.
Here Ive been spending so much energy telling people stress is bad for your health. So this study got me wondering: Can changing how you think about stress make you healthier? And here the science says yes. When you change your mind about stress, you can change your bodys response to stress. Now to explain how this works, I want you all to pretend that you are participants in a study designed to stress you out. Its called the social stress test.
But what if you viewed them instead as signs that your body was energized, was preparing you to meet this challenge? Now that is exactly what participants were told in a study conducted at Harvard University. Before they went through the social stress test, they were taught to rethink their stress response as helpful. That pounding heart is preparing you for action. If youre breathing faster, its no problem. Its getting more oxygen to your brain. And participants who learned to view the stress response as helpful for their performance, well, they were less stressed out, less anxious, more confident.
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