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The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good For You, and How to Get Good At It

By: Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

Book Description:

Drawing from groundbreaking research, psychologist and award-winning teacher Kelly McGonigal, PhD, offers a surprising new view of stress—one that reveals the upside of stress, and shows us exactly how to capitalize on its benefits.

You hear it all the time: stress causes heart disease; stress causes insomnia; stress is bad for you! But what if changing how you think about stress could make you happier, healthier, and better able to reach your goals? Combining exciting new research on resilience and mindset, Kelly McGonigal, PhD, proves that undergoing stress is not bad for you; it is undergoing stress while believing that stress is bad for you that makes it harmful. In fact, stress has many benefits, from giving us greater focus and energy, to strengthening our personal relationships.

McGonigal shows readers how to cultivate a mindset that embraces stress, and activate the brain’s natural ability to learn from challenging experiences. Both practical and life-changing, The Upside of Stress is not a guide to getting rid of stress, but a toolkit for getting better at it—by understanding, accepting, and leveraging it to your advantage.

Book Reviews:

“In this smart, practical book, Kelly McGonigal shows that stress isn’t nearly as bad as its reputation. In fact, if we change our mindsets just a bit, we can transform stress from a barrier that thwarts to a resource that propels us. The Upside of Stress is a perfect how-to guide for anyone who wants to tap into the biology of courage and the psychology of thriving under pressure.”

Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human

“A fascinating tour of cutting-edge research on how stress affects us in ways, both good and bad, that we never suspect. McGonigal brings scientific studies to life, makes her lessons tangible and provides fascinating take-aways for anyone who experiences stress — which, let’s face it, is all of us, often all the time.”

Charles Duhigg, MBA, author of The Power of Habit
 
“A courageous, counterintuitive, and convincing case for a big idea: stress can be good for you. This enchanting, evidence-based book has already transformed how I think about stress, and I recommend it highly to anyone who lives in the 21st century.”

Adam Grant, Ph.D., Wharton professor and author of Give and Take
 
“Through stories and science, McGonigal reveals how to change your mindset and tap into your resources for handling stress.”

Amy Cuddy, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Harvard  Business School and author of Presence
 
The Upside of Stress turns our common misunderstanding of what we often believe is the necessary toxicity of a pressured life completely upside down. Kelly McGonigal powerfully teaches us how to transform the suffering of misguided stress into a meaningful and thriving life. Read this book even if you think you are too stressed to take the time–It has the potential to change your life forever.”

Daniel J Siegel, M.D., author of Mindsight and Brainstorm 

Reading Questions:

  1. How can you reframe your approach to stress?
  2. How does your ‘biology of courage’ work for you when it comes to stress?
  3. What are your stress goals for this year?

My Challenge:

I am not sure if you have done your Goal-Setting yet, but I have a challenge for you:

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Goal: Read 12 books this year and Supercharge Your People Skills

What Kind of Books?

I hope you will help me pick the books! My hope is that we pick books that help improve our people skills in some way, shape or form. This is most likely non-fiction, but I am very open to fiction that looks at people skills through stories. You suggest the book and we vote on it!

And, of course you can get the books as library books, audio books, Kindle books or whatever you want! All of our discussions and post will be public.

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