Eustress

Eustress is defined in the model of Richard Lazarus (1974) as stress that is healthy or gives one a feeling of fulfillment.

Distress versus eustress

Distress is the most commonly-referred to type of stress, having negative implications, whereas eustress is a positive form of stress, usually related to desirable events in person's life. Both can be equally taxing on the body, and are cumulative in nature, depending on a person's way of adapting to a change that has caused it. [J. Kabat-Zinn. Full catastrophe living - how to cope with stress, pain and illness using mindfulness meditation. (1996)]

Etymology

The prefix derives from the Greek "eu" meaning either "well" or "good". When attached to the word "stress", it literally means "good stress". In both the word "eustress" and its antonym "distress", the prefixes "dis-" and "eu-" refer to the stressor, and not the impact of the stressor.

Examples of causes of eustress

* Meeting a challenge
* Coming in first or winning
* Getting a promotion
* Love
* The holidays

References

External links

* [http://academic.cuesta.edu/wholehealth/Level2/Lecpages/str04.htm Eustress at Whole Health Stress Management Lecture]

ee also

*Distress
*Hans Selye


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