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The reason humans experience so much more stress than other species isn't just because we think more, but also because we think differently.

We need to distinguish between stress and stimulation. Having deadlines, setting goals, and pushing yourself to perform at capacity are stimulating. Stress is when you're anxious, upset, or frustrated, which dramatically reduce your ability to perform.

The less you think counterfactually, the less you experience stress. Stress, in this light, isn't a bad thing. It's simply a warning system telling you that your mind has lost touch with what's real.

It's time we learned the truth about stress. It's time we identified the thoughts that actually create our stress and learned to dismantle them one by one.

We all enjoy pushing ourselves to accomplish our objectives. But we don't need stress to get there.

Find the beliefs that are strangling your feelings, challenge them for your sake as well as theirs, and see how it feels to love someone without a thought about the future, simply for who they are today.

Stress is not the spice of life any more than arsenic is. And without it, you won't feel bored.

Stress is the negative whirlwind of emotions that gets imposed on top of our stimulation and engagement.

You can't tell yourself that your stress is produced in your head and feel better. You still need to learn how to create a change.

The number of stressors has multiplied exponentially: traffic, money, success, work/life balance, the economy, the environment, parenting, family conflict, relationships, disease. As the nature of human life has become far more complicated, our ancient stress response hasn't been able to keep up.

To believe that your husband, wife, parents, kids, boss, job, bank account, or body is even partly responsible for your emotions, to think that there are bullets 'out there' that you have to contend with, that there are stressful life events to overcome, is to miss something vital.

What's taking place during stress is actually much simpler than a transaction between stressful life events and you. There aren't two parties involved in stress. There is only one - your own mind.

Worrisome thoughts and their resulting feelings are a form of self strangulation. They not only strangle your emotions. They affect your physical life as well, and your ability to focus and get things done.

Nothing is given to man on earth - struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible - the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen.

Remember that stress doesn't come from what's going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what's going on in your life.

If you're successful and stressed out, you're succeeding in spite of your stress, not because of it.

You might think that shifting your thoughts is as easy as setting your mind to it. But stressful thoughts aren't held in place through choice or will power. They're held in place through perceived truth value.

A hero holds purposes appropriate to man and is, therefore, a thinker.

First, he must hold rational values, and to do this he must be a thinker.

Look closer at the stress in your own life and you can identify that negative emotions are always built on counterfactual statements.