The Kelly McGonigal talks look at stress in a completely new and startling positive way. In her speech, McGonigal says stress is only harmful to one's health if they believe it is. If one sees the physical symptoms of stress, such as a racing heart beat or a adrenaline rush, as your body's way of preparing you for the challenge, one's body reacts in a healthier way.
In addition to her work in health psychology, McGonigal is also a lecturer at Stanford University. She recently wrote a book entitled 'The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why it Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It.' The Kelly McGonigal speech blends science and self-help, which can also be seen in her other work.