Have you ever found yourself having one of those days when everything seems to be going right and then out of nowhere, someone who is having a far worse day enters your realm and before you know it…

(You get the idea…)

Believe it or not, we can share stress with one another in a number of ways and on this episode, we learn a little more about how and why this happens and explore ways to reduce the chances of being “infected” with stress.

You can listen to the show on your favorite podcast platform or you can click here to listen to it right now: https://omny.fm/shows/super-awesome-science-show/stress – although the entire show is awesome, you’re going to want to listen to the first three and a half minutes.

Our first guest has been looking at why we tend to share another person’s stress, especially if we happen to be close to that individual. She is an ecological neuroscience professor at the University of Michigan…

(Dr. Stephanie Preston)

As you’ll find out, the cause may due to an emotion we all express although usually it’s not associated with stress…

(Empathy)

When you care about someone, you naturally attempt to feel what they are experiencing. If that person happens to be troubled, you begin to adopt those same sensations. It’s a fascinating and necessary part of our social biology.

Feeling for another person isn’t the only way we can share stress. As our next guest has revealed – in mice – we may be able to smell a person’s stress. He’s a professor at the University of Calgary and performs what he likes to call, stressynomics…

(Dr. Jaideep Bains)

His tests have revealed that mice exude a particular chemical that he calls an “alert pheromone.” In mice, it comes from the rear end but in humans, if it does exist, it most likely comes from…

(Even more reason to use deodorant perhaps…)

In our SASS class, we learn how stress is really like an infectious disease. Our guest teacher has been studying how emotions are contagious and depending on your mood, one or more people may end up being inoculated. He’s an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga…

(Dr. Loren Martin)

He’s done some incredible work on how stress is shared and most importantly how to keep yourself from being overly affected. Although I won’t give away the answer, what I will tell you is that this particular method will not work…

(But you already knew that, right?)

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