The Upside of Stress

  • von Kelly McGonigal
  • Sprecher: Kelly McGonigal
  • 8 Std. 32 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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.



"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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Truly inspiring and highly recommended for anyone who wants to make a positive change in their life. The combination of information, stories and exercises is beautiful and makes it into a powerful tool to get to the root of all problems which is our mindset or attitude. I have learned so much through this book, thank you Dr. Kelly McGonical for writing this, it's a huge gift to the world!ĺ
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- Lynn Radamaker

very interesting and inspiring views on stress

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. I have been thinking and doing research on how to stop, deal with and avoid stress ever since it became part of my live, which was pretty much at the end of my time in university. A few months ago my mother died from cancer. It was a very hard and difficult time for me. Not only because of my mother's condition but also because my husband was deployed during that time and I took care of our two little daughters all by myself. After my mom had passed away I was shocked and very exhausted mentally and physically. And yet I felt energized. I couldn't figure out why I did feel that way when I was only expecting to be completely devastated. Then I accidentally found an German article about stress which was linked to the author of this book. I decided to buy the audio book on audible and I am totally amazed. Not only do I understand now why I feel the way I feel after my mom's disease and passing but it also shows me new ways on dealing with stress and utilize it. I will most definitely listen to this book again to remember more of the information provided. I highly recommend this book for everyone who has dealt with a difficult situation in life and those who want to escape the idea that stress is harming you and getting you sick.
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- Barbara Nabinger

Weitere Infos zum Hörbuch

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 05.05.2015
  • Verlag: Penguin Audio