Eustress Positive Stress

Eustress: Can Stress be Positive?

Stress is and always has been perceived as a bad thing. But did you know that stress can actually be a positive force that can increase our productivity and performance and bring happiness and a sense of well being? Just as there are two sides to every coin, stress can impact us in positive and negative ways. When it impacts us in negative ways we call it distress and when it impacts us in positive ways we refer to it as Eustress. Eustress was named so by the endocrinologist Hans Selye, who used the the Greek prefix “eu” which means “good” to coin the term. Hence the name Eustress or “Good Stress”.

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