Why Humans Are Addicted to Stress—and How to Overcome It

Genevieve Fish

Americans are not known for their ability to balance work and life. We are more known for our nonstop “business hours” and cultivating environments alive with the strain of anxiety. While we like to look to Europe for work/life balance inspiration, it seems that we could overcome our tendency toward stress by listening to neuroscientist and primatologist Dr. Robert Sapolsky. Dr. Sapolsky has spent the last 30 years specializing in the universal human ailment of stress. Surprisingly, his main research subjects are the wild baboons of Kenya. Even more surprisingly, it turns out we really aren’t much different than those baboons. Except for one crucial difference: We stress more, and for more reasons. Read on to understand why humans are so addicted to stress, and to find out how we can overcome this particular ailment. 

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