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How the stress of our “always on” culture can impact performance, health and happiness

How the stress of our "always on" culture can impact performance, health and happiness

A 2013 report shows that 83 percent of adults in the United States are stressed out at work. Similarly, data from a separate survey shows that high stress is causing Americans to perpetuate unhealthy lifestyle habits, including overeating and skipping daily physical activity.

During a recent Café Scientifique event, Palo Alto-based organizational psychologist Jay Azarow, PhD, discussed how our “always on” culture can negatively impact your performance, health and happiness. In the video above, he provides an overview of science-based yet practical approaches to reducing and managing stress, increasing energy and enhancing focus and productivity.

As Azarow notes in the talk, how you view stress (as an opportunity rather than a threat) may alter your physiological response. A story published in the latest issue of Stanford Magazine explores this concept further, and offers an in-depth look at recent research showing that not all stress is harmful.

Previously: Study finds happy employees are 12 percent more productive, Examining the helpful and harmful effects of stress and Workplace stress and how it influences health

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