Trying to calm down during a bout of anxiety is likely futile. Instead, try saying: â€œI am excited.â€ Because anxiety and excitement are both arousal emotions and have similar symptoms, itâ€™s easier to get from one to the other than to completely shift gears into calmness. In this short video, staff writer Olga Khazan explores this theory with Alison Wood Brooks, a professor at Harvard Business School who has researched this phenomenon, and tests it out for herself at karaoke.
How to Turn Anxiety Into Excitement
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