Stress and stress-related illnesses are the number-one reason people miss work. What if stress didn’t make us sick? What if we learned to let stress be the motor that propels us toward high performance and our goals? In The Upside of Stress, health psychologist Kelly McGonigal teaches us how we can transform stress from a threat into a challenge.

Would you like to learn how to do that? Then leave a comment below, read The Upside of Stress, and join us for the live book club call on Tuesday, February 2.

Book Discussion

When: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm EST
Conference Call Dial in: 323-476-3997
Conference ID: 218555#
International dial-in numbers click here.

Who should join: Everyone, since we have all experienced stress in our lives or witnessed our family, friends, or colleagues under stress.

Why join: Because we would all live with more ease and more success if we learned how to get better at stress. This is what Kelly McGonigal teaches in her well-researched, well-written, fascinating dive into harnessing the stress in our lives for peak performance.

BOOK SUMMARY

(from amazon.com)

More than forty-four percent of Americans admit to losing sleep over stress. And while most of us do everything we can to reduce it, Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., delivers a startling message: Stress isn’t bad.In The Upside of Stress, McGonigal highlights new research indicating that stress can, in fact, make us stronger, smarter, and happier—if we learn how to embrace it.

The Upside of Stress is the first book to bring together cutting-edge discoveries on the correlation between resilience—the human capacity for stress-related growth—and mind-set, the power of beliefs to shape reality. As she did in The Willpower Instinct, McGonigal combines science, stories, and exercises into an engaging and practical book that is both entertaining and life-changing, showing you:

  • how to cultivate a mind-set to embrace stress
  • how stress can provide focus and energy
  • how stress can help people connect and strengthen close relationships
  • why your brain is built to learn from stress, and how to increase its ability to learn from challenging experiences

McGonigal’s TED talk on the subject has already received more than 7 million views. Her message resonates with people who know they can’t eliminate the stress in their lives and want to learn to take advantage of it. The Upside of Stress is not a guide to getting rid of stress, but a guide to getting better at stress, by understanding it, embracing it, and using it.

About: Mina Simhai

Mina Simhai earned her Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute and served as a teaching assistant for CiPP4. She teaches positive psychology at George Washington University. She is also a recovering lawyer, yoga teacher and mother. Her latest project is bringing the tools of positive psychology to lawyers and others in the DC area and across the country. Her top strengths are judgment, love of learning, curiosity, love, and appreciation of beauty. Mina is an avid reader and looks forward to launching the WBI Book Club with you.