“When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage.” ~Kelly MgGonigal
This popular TED talk has powerful implications for martial artists. One of its important points is that Oxytocin — the so-called “hug hormone” — is actually a stress hormone. It helps protect the heart from the damaging effects of stress and encourages bonding with others during difficult times.
Could this be why the martial arts are such powerful bonding experiences? This is a must-see for martial artists: