Stress is contagious–but resilience can be too

The way that you think about stress can actually transform the effect that it has on you – and others.

  • Stress is contagious, and the higher up in an organization you are the more your stress will be noticed and felt by others.
  • Kelly McGonigal teaches "Reset your mindset to reduce stress" for Big Think Edge.
  • Subscribe to Big Think Edge to become a better you – personally and professionally.


It turns out that mindsets are contagious – and the higher up you are in an organization's hierarchy, or the more people you are a role model to, the more contagious you are. While negative mindsets like stress are contagious, so are positive ones like resilience; positive thinking can put you and your team or family on the road to positive outcomes.

Subscribe to Big Think Edge and you'll learn first-hand from Dr. Kelly McGonigal, health psychologist, Stanford University lecturer and author of "The Upside of Stress", how to model resilience for your direct reports at work, your children, or the people closest to you in your daily life. McGonigal teaches immediately useful ways to prepare for adversity and embrace your influence as a leader.

Master resilience to become a better leader

Kelly McGonigal's lesson "Reset your mindset to reduce stress" is part of Big Think Edge's Become a better leader learning path. Great leaders communicate, inspire, and shape the lives of others without unnecessary turmoil or wasted energy. But the idea that leadership qualities are a birthright rather than the fruits of a long learning process couldn't be more misguided. Leaders aren't born, they're made—by standing on the shoulders of giants such as those you'll meet in our ever-expanding learning path.

Subscribe to Big Think Edge now to build greater resilience and positively influence the people around you.

'Upstreamism': Your zip code affects your health as much as genetics

Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."

Sponsored by Northwell Health
  • Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
  • Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
  • Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
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Supreme Court to hear 3 cases on LGBT workplace discrimination

In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
  • The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
  • Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
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Scientists discover how to trap mysterious dark matter

A new method promises to capture an elusive dark world particle.

Surprising Science
  • Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) devised a method for trapping dark matter particles.
  • Dark matter is estimated to take up 26.8% of all matter in the Universe.
  • The researchers will be able to try their approach in 2021, when the LHC goes back online.
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Afghanistan is the most depressed country on Earth

No, depression is not just a type of "affluenza" — poor people in conflict zones are more likely candidates

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Strange Maps
  • Often seen as typical of rich societies, depression is actually more prevalent in poor, conflict-ridden countries
  • More than one in five Afghans is clinically depressed – a sad world record
  • But are North Koreans really the world's 'fourth least depressed' people?
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