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The best explanation of stress we've ever heard comes from Stanford neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, PhD, the author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers. "If you are a normal mammal," he notes, "stress is the three minutes of screaming terror on the savanna after which either it's over with or you're over with."
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If you're a human mammal, stress comes not from fear of being eaten but worry about somebody eating your lunch. Unlike other animals, we have a large brain relative to our body size-a brain that worries. And now our worry is triggered by the passive-aggressive boss, the weight of a 30-year mortgage, and the job of caring for children and ill parents at the same time.
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No wildebeest would understand these fears, but the perceived threats spark the same bodily survival responses that crocodile attacks do. And they last way longer than a croc's lunchtime. But you can do something about stress. Search and destroy.
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