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The Upside of Stress Audiobook

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It

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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.

©2015 Kelly McGonigal (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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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    Mia Hermine BERKELEY, CA, US 05-20-15
    Mia Hermine BERKELEY, CA, US 05-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ding Wuen Liw Australia 08-12-15
    Ding Wuen Liw Australia 08-12-15

    "That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." - Christopher Hitchens

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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Feng Zhou Washington, DC 06-12-15
    Feng Zhou Washington, DC 06-12-15
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    "Wonderful information and insights"

    It has helped me change my perception of stress and start a new and positive experience in a highly demanding life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Wilmington, DE, USA 08-09-15
    David Wilmington, DE, USA 08-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "awesome and fascinating and helpful"

    Kelly McGonigal is fantastic. I enjoyed Willpower Instinct very much. I thought the topic of stress not quite as interesting but listened to this because I like her writing. wow did the science of stress turn out to be fascinating. McGonigal as always gives a thorough treatment of the research in a personable and compelling way. This book not only helps you turn stress into a good thing but helps you lead a more meaningful life.

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    Carl 07-16-15
    Carl 07-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Compelling and inspiring"

    As in her other books, Kelly provides practical and insightful guidance that is based on credible research and inspires us to find meaning and purpose in our past, present and future.

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    Simon 06-09-15
    Simon 06-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A must read for just about anyone"

    Almost everyone had come across stress in some shape or form. As a result there is something in this book for just about anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    andrea Mexico, Mexico 06-05-15
    andrea Mexico, Mexico 06-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Mind shifting"

    Kelly has done an incredible work once again.
    Prepare to look at stress in a whole new way and, the unthinkable: get the benefits out of it!
    Her reading is a little slow, but her tone and expressions are great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelsi Perttula Bay Area, CA 06-04-15
    Kelsi Perttula Bay Area, CA 06-04-15

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    "Great book!"

    Great and interesting book- like the last one. She's incredibly almost unbelievably positive, but it's infectious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Malibu, CA, United States 05-12-15
    Kathryn Malibu, CA, United States 05-12-15 Member Since 2013

    I have a BA in English Lit from UCLA but that doesn't stop me from enjoying a broad and eclectic selection of genres especially faction.

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    "Must Listen"

    This is one of the most compelling books ive listened to in years. Kelly backs up her assertions with multiple cerifyable research findings from varied sources, uses science based support ranging from long term case studies to human brain imaging, blood and saliva testing for known imarkers of human behaviors and mind sets. Kelly narratacthe book which I personally appreciate. Stress is such a hot nuzz word an frankly misunderstood. Listen to this book forvinspiration and hoppw.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "A life changer"

    Kelly McGonical tells us wonderful anecdotal stories about resilience mixed in with all the incredibly interesting studies about stress.

    It's a book I'd recommend to anyone.

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