Stress didn’t always get such a bad rap. In fact, when Stevie Wonder produced his 1966 hit song – “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” – the seminal lyrics soothed the national mood and made us believe all was right. However, stress seems to be finding its way back into our lives.
In evolutionary terms, stress developed out of a need to jolt the body out of homeostasis and perform an action. The “fight or flight” mechanism helped our Paleolithic ancestors find their next meal or dodge becoming one for Megafauna and other predators. Stress was, in other words, “all right, uptight, out of sight.”
But somewhere along the line stress became an enemy. At the turn of the twentieth century, the industrial revolution made a change in human life: it was no longer about survival. Life became about finding meaning, joy and fulfillment. As such, stress become a burden to millions of Americans.
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