Is stress really all that bad? What if there is a silver lining to it that’s just dependent on how we are using our time?

Today’s video share is such a joy to bring to you! I’ve been beating myself up for decades about the stressful pace I tend to keep in my life because we’ve all heard that stress can take such a toll on almost every aspect of our health, but really, is stress all bad?

The insight we will share with you today comes out of left field from Dr. Kelly McGonigal. It’s fun and will release you to follow your passions at whatever cost!

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Here’s a question to start us off:

Have you ever managed to get through a desperate episode of stress and had the overwhelming impulse to tell someone all about it, right away?

It turns out that this is an important biological mechanism and it could be something that adds years to our lives!

Dr. Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, delivers an amazing TED Talk that helps us embrace the often overlooked benefits of stress! (Really!) Take a look…

Via: TED 1

So in Kelly McGonigal’s wise words,

“Chasing meaning is better for your health than avoiding discomfort. Go after what creates meaning in your life, and then go after it with the confidence that you can share the journey with others!”

And that leads me to ask you to help us at Ever Widening Circles: if you are looking for meaning in your life, join our community! We are just nice, accessible, ordinary people, always welcoming help in positions like content searchers, guest writers, and editors, etc.

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So can stress be good for us?

The stress from bad situations outside of your choosing is still bad for your health. Do what you can to distance yourself from people who drain your joy.

But if your stress is brought on by a busy life, full of doing things you love, then you may be fine!

Bottom line: Find meaning and embrace the highs and lows there, as if your quality of life depends on them…. because it does! 

Stay open, curious, and optimistic.

~Dr. Lynda

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  1. McGonigal, Kelly. “Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend.”YouTube. TED, 4 Sept. 2013. Web. 2 May 2015. <>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world. Hear her latest conversations with thought leaders on the Conspiracy of Goodness Podcast--new episodes every Wednesday!