Summary of How to Turn Stress into an Advantage

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Turn that frown upside down, and reframe your perception of stress.


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Most people despise stress, which, according to conventional wisdom, damages your physical and mental well-being. Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal shatters this popular myth. She presents research proving that your outlook on stress determines whether it has a positive or negative influence on you. getAbstract challenges everyone who is suffering the downside of stress to watch McGonigal’s “mind-set intervention.” Her fascinating insights and superb delivery will entice you to reconsider your perception of stress and perhaps even to embrace it.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why most people misunderstand stress,
  • How your attitude toward stress shapes its effects on you and
  • How to view stress in a more positive light.


Conventional wisdom says stress is detrimental to health, yet many studies refute this claim. One analysis found a positive correlation between citizens’ stress levels and nations’ measures of well-being, such as GDP, life expectancy and happiness. Another study discovered the “
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About the Speaker

Health psychologist Kelly McGonigal is a lecturer at Stanford. She wrote The Upside of Stress.

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