How the Stress of Disaster Brings People Together: Scientific American

Good discussion of the distinction between acute and chronic stress, and how acute stress, in contrast to chronic stress (common in our day-to-day life), has positive effects:

Acute stress may help remind us of a fundamental truth: our common humanity. Understanding our shared vulnerability — life makes no promises — may be frightening, but it can inspire kindness, connection, and desire to stand together and support each other. Acute stress, as unpleasant as it may be, may also be an opportunity to experience the most beautiful aspects of life: social connection and love.

How the Stress of Disaster Brings People Together: Scientific American.

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