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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
There’s matter and there’s anti-matter. Something similar works with words too. There are words and there are their opposites: if there’s utopia there’s dystopia too. It’s just that sometimes the opposite is not as popular, even though it’s a perfectly fine, upstanding citizen of the dictionary.
In this week’s parade of words we bring such antonyms to the front.
noun: A positive, beneficial form of stress.
Coined by the endocrinologist Hans Selye (1907-1982). From Greek eu- (good) + stress, from shortening of distress or from Old French estressei (narrowness or oppression), from Latin strictus, from stringere (to bind tight). Earliest documented use: 1950s.
Eustress is happy stress. Some examples of eustress are excitement at starting a new job, an upcoming wedding, etc. In general, mild stress works as eustress, bringing motivation and spurring action. Too much stress results in distress.
“Ann was mired ankle-deep in eustress. If she pulled one foot out of its boot, where would she put that foot while she pulled the other foot to freedom?”
Elizabeth Schaeffer; The Skein; Trafford; 2012.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth. -Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (9 Sep 1828-1910)