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  • n. A healthful, stimulating kind and level of stress.

Etymologies

eu- +‎ stress (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • From Caterina Fake:

    • Eustress = Positive exhilarating challenging experiences of success followed by higher expectations
    • Distress = Disappointment, failure, threat, embarrassment and other negative experiences

    August 26, 2009

  • Well, that's just scary. And now I'm stressed about it.

    February 22, 2009

  • "Was he calling this a pathological state, I asked—saying that people who feel they perform best under pressure actually have a disease? He thought for a minute, and then: 'You can absolutely say that. Yes, you can say that.'

    "This kind of statement might well have the father of stress research lying awake worried in his grave. Hans Selye, who laid the foundations of stress science in the 1930s, believed so strongly in good stress that he coined a word, 'eustress,' for it. He saw stress as 'the salt of life.'"
    —Mary Carmichael, "Who Says Stress Is Bad for You?" Newsweek, Feb. 23, 2009, 47.

    February 21, 2009

  • Stress that is deemed healthful or giving one the feeling of fulfillment.

    July 29, 2008