In the last blog post, we learned that being mindful about how we think about stress affects how stress impacts us. This is a powerful piece of knowledge that has life-changing implications for good in our lives. How we think about stress in fact changes our biology--and how we think about anything is in our hands.
But there is something more intriguing that Kelly McGonigal discovered during her research and presented in this TED Talk ...
"Your stress response has a built in mechanism for stress resilience. That mechanism is human connection." ~ Kelly McGonigal
As we learned in the previous blog, our bodies have a built in reaction to perceived threats. Tension builds and we have an enormous storehouse of energy that can be used to fend off immediate danger.
But in today's world of stress, we rarely have the need for the physical strength we accumulate, and unless we physically expend that energy, our bodies remain bathed in chemicals and reactions that can actually cause harm to us in the long run.
How then can we make stress be a force for good in our lives?