The Upside of Stress

  • by Kelly McGonigal
  • Narrated by Kelly McGonigal
  • 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The author of The Willpower Instinct delivers a controversial and groundbreaking new book that overturns long-held beliefs about stress.
More than 44 percent of Americans admit to losing sleep over stress. And while most of us do everything we can to reduce it, Stanford psychologist and best-selling author Kelly McGonigal, PhD, 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 audiobook 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 seven 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 usng it.

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What the Critics Say

"In this smart, practical book, Kelly McGonigal shows that stress isn't nearly as bad as it 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, PhD, Wharton professor and author of Give and Take)

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Most Helpful

im not usually one to say a book is "life changing

...but this one is. maybe "life shifting" is a better way to see it. as she says, it's -not- about finding the "polyanna-esque" good in bad situations, it's about acknowledging the candle in the darkest or most stressful corridors of life because a candle isn't much but it makes a big difference in the dark.
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- Mia Hermine

Mind Boggling, Life Changing

This is the first audio book that I cannot wait to continue from where I left of. After watching her Ted Talk on stress, I was hoping that she has more work on this topic. As soon as I learned that she released an audio book, I immediately got a copy, and boy I was blown away.
I was feeling like I was stuck in a rut because of fear that I couldn't handle the stresses in my life. Now that I have finished listening to this book, I can't wait to take on each day and embracing life's challenges.
Kelly brings her charming humor and insightful wisdom into this work. The fact that it is narrated by Kelly adds another dimension of authenticity to it. Throughout the book, Kelly manages to effectively tell powerful stories that moved me to tears.
Rarely have I read a book that changes my outlook and mindset of life. This is a gem of a book on the same par as other great works like Habits of Effectiveness by Covey.
Highly recommended.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio