By, Sean Light
If you haven’t heard of TED Talks, now is the time to investigate. TED is an organization based on “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Here they have tons of guest speakers come to their conventions and give speeches about their field of expertise.
Last night I watched Kelly McGonigal’s talk on “How To Make Stress Your Friend.” This was a pretty fascinating TED Talk. McGonigal talks about how someone’s perception of the effect of stress on their body will actually affect how long you live. Oddly enough, she found that people who were highly stressed and thought that stress had a negative effect on the body were much more prone to premature death. Conversely, those who embraced the stress in their life despite having the same level of stress were the ones that lived the longest.
Another great point that she brings up is oxytocin, which is a hormone released when we desire and have good human contact. She notes that it is called the “hugging hormone.” Interestingly, McGonigal illustrates that this is actually a stress hormone, proving that stress doesn’t have to be negative.
McGonigal encourages everyone to make stress their friend and understand that it is just a sign of your body rising to the occasion. Rise Up!
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