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Worse yet, when this science gets communicated in the media, the headlines often use the familiar word stress but fail to provide details about what a study actually measured, leaving you to guess at whether the findings apply to your own life. One finding blew me away. . True excellence is only achieved under great adversity, and by embracing those challenges with a positive mindset.” But what I didn’t know yet was whether how you think about stress was one of them. She began to wonder about stress. AmazonUIPageJS : P).when('aodIngressClick').execute(function(){ That’s two possible effects. Fear, stigma, self-criticism, shame—all of these are believed, by many health professionals, to be powerfully motivating messages that help people improve their well-being. Those who believe that most people can be trusted tend to live longer. As we’ll see, your stress mindset shapes everything from the emotions you feel during a stressful situation to the way you cope with stressful events. All of these beliefs have the potential to shape how you interpret experiences and make decisions. As someone who has struggled with stress, anxiety, and chronic illness for years, this book has totally changed my relationship with stress. This book changed the way I think about the events in my life and their impact, plus it helped me see that I am actually more resilient than I think I am. The placebo effect is a powerful phenomenon, but it’s also a manipulation. In contrast, higher levels of DHEA have been linked to a reduced risk of anxiety, depression, heart disease, neurodegeneration, and other diseases we typically think of as stress-related. The Upside of Stress: Why stress is good for you (and how to get good at it) - Kindle edition by McGonigal, Kelly. Unlike a placebo, which tends to have a short-lived impact on a highly specific outcome, the consequences of a mindset snowball over time, increasing in influence and long-term impact. Daniel H. Pink, author of The author presents credible evidence that our mindset can alter our physical response to the world. 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