Could how you think about stress have an influence on just how bad it is for you? In this interesting TED Talk, Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal discusses research that indicates how a simple mind shift in how you view stress may save you from the detrimental effects it can have on your health and longevity.
In the study she cites, individuals who reported having a significant amount of stress in the previous year were 43% more likely to die. A stat that most of us would agree makes sense. Yet, here is the interesting thing, that was only true for the people who believed that stress was harmful for your health. People who experienced a lot of stress and didn’t think it was harmful had the lowest risk of dying of anyone in the study!
I write a lot about the power of your mind and just how much good or bad you can do to yourself depending upon your beliefs and what you think about on a consistent basis. This is yet another example of how crucial it is to train your brain so you are consistently in a positive frame of mind, thinking about what you want and not in the negative frame of mind, thinking about what you don’t want.
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