eu·​stress | \ ˈyü-ˌstres \

Definition of eustress

: a positive form of stress having a beneficial effect on health, motivation, performance, and emotional well-being … during positive stress ("eustress"), such as a promotion or vacation, feel-good chemicals called endorphins are released.— Tracy Boyd

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Positive stress, or eustress, is caused by the likes of a job promotion, which comes with greater responsibility, more hours at the office, increased face time with your boss, et cetera. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Now, Experts Say Stress Can Be Good for Your Health—Really," 18 Dec. 2018 There are multiple kinds of stress, including eustress, situational stress, and chronic stress. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "How to Cope With Stress," 1 Nov. 2018 Understandably, people have been happy to pay money in exchange for doing it for centuries, and there is no sign of any waning in the appreciation of a bit of eustress. Richard Stephens, Smithsonian, "The History and Psychology of Roller Coasters," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of eustress

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eustress

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eu·​stress | \ ˈyü-ˌstres \

Medical Definition of eustress

: a positive form of stress having a beneficial effect on health, motivation, performance, and emotional well-being

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