Eustress. Less Stress. No Distress

What is Eustress?

Eustress first came to my attention in Tim Ferriss‘s book, The 4-Hour Workweek. He described it as

“…stress that is healthful and the stimulus for growth.”

Dictionary.com defines it as “stress that is deemed healthful or giving one the feeling of  fulfillment.”

The Bear, You, and Stresses

A simple story helps understand the differences, among stress, distress and eustress.

You are in the woods. There is a bear in the woods.

  • If the bear chases you, that is stress.
  • If the bear catches you, that is distress.
  • If you catch the bear, that is eustress.

 

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