What are some words that come to mind when you think about stress?
For example: heart rate, anxiety, early death
What do you think (choose one):
Stress is . . .
_______a positive thing;
_______a negative thing;
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“People who experienced a lot of stress but did not view stress as harmful were no more likely to die. In fact, they had the lowest risk of dying of anyone in the study, including people who had relatively little stress.
Now the researchers estimated that over the eight years they were tracking deaths, 182,000 Americans died prematurely, not from stress, but from the belief that stress is bad for you.”
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Source: TED Talks
Speaker: Kelly McGonigal
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What is the speaker, Kelly McGonigal’s, response to the question?
How did she find out her information?
What is the “social stress test”?
Why is social stress important?
What is oxytocin, and how does it help you physically, mentally, socially, emotionally?
What “lesson” does the speaker want us to learn from this talk?
Application: How will you use this information in your own life?