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How to make stress your friend

There is a great TED talk about how we think about stress:


This topic would also be great listening practice for the TOEFL and IELTS exams.  I made exam practice materials for the topic:


I offer TED Discussion lessons specifically for students preparing for these exams.  Both the TOEFL and the IELTS (academic) require you to comprehend and respond to presentations in academic English.  TED talks are a perfect, authentic resource for your practice.  You can find more information on my teacher profile:

Jun 11, 2014 2:53 AM
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Thanks Thaddeus for the detailed reply. I will check the links.

But I am wondering why die I get thumb downs for asking a legitimate question?


"Advances are made by answering questions. Discoveries are made by questioning answers."

June 14, 2014

If you want to know more information about any of the TED presentations, you can go to and view the information for the talk.  If you would like me to walk you through those steps:


After going to the TED website and searching for this presentation's title, "How to make stress your friend", you should be sent to this link:


On the page for the TED talk you can always click on 'full bio' next to the speaker's profile image.  From there, you can find additional information related to the speaker's work.  If you click on 'full bio' next to the profile image of Kelly McGonigal, you will be sent to this page:


Above Kelly Mcgonigal's bio, you can click 'Website:".  On her website, you can click on the TED video post which sends you here:


On this page, she gives the following the research citations:


Keller, A., Litzelman, K., Wisk, L. E., Maddox, T., Cheng, E. R., Creswell, P. D., & Witt, W. P. (2012). Does the perception that stress affects health matter? The association with health and mortality. Health Psychology, 31(5), 677.

Jamieson, J. P., Nock, M. K., & Mendes, W. B. (2012). Mind over matter: Reappraising arousal improves cardiovascular and cognitive responses to stress. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141(3), 417.

Poulin, M. J., Brown, S. L., Dillard, A. J., & Smith, D. M. (2013). Giving to others and the association between stress and mortality. American journal of public health, (0), e1-e7.

June 13, 2014

Thaddeus, could you help me and reply to my questions?

Who conducted the research the lady is talking about in the video and where was this research published? Any reference?

June 13, 2014

Hmm, interesting video. I have some questions, but first I would like to know who conducted the research and where was it published? Thanks for the information.

June 11, 2014

Thank you for your feedback.  This presentation is helpful for everyone - we should all see our stress and anxiety differently.

June 11, 2014
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