Good Anxiety Does Exist. Here's How You Can Benefit From It

by: Meghan Keane and Clarence Marie Schneider

Anxiety can feel like the enemy. However it shows up — a tightness in the chest, a knot in the stomach — it's easy to want to obliterate those feelings.

But according to Wendy Suzuki, that might not be the best approach.

"Anxiety evolved to help protect us," says Suzuki, a professor of neural science and psychology at the Center for Neural Science at New York University. "We need to recalibrate our level of anxiety to get it back to that level where it is superprotective for us."

Suzuki wants us to make friends with our anxiety and reap all the gifts it can offer.

In her new book, Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion, Suzuki outlines strategies to turn that sinking feeling into something productive. Anxiety, she says, is trying to give us information about what we appreciate and what we value in our lives.