Why Wor­ry­ing Can Be Worth It

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1. It pro­tects you.

“If you’re not at all con­cerned there could be dan­ger, you’re not go­ing to take pre­cau­tions,” says Buhr. That voice of worry can re­mind you to put on your seat belt or check that you turned off the stove. It keeps you safe.

2. It mo­ti­vates you.

Whether you have a speech to de­liver or a home reno to tackle, think­ing about what could go wrong can spur you to get to work. “A lit­tle bit of worry lets you know what’s im­por­tant and might ac­tu­ally move you to pre­pare,” says Buhr.

3. It pro­motes prob­lem solv­ing.

A 2006 study pub­lished in the jour­nal Anx­i­ety, Stress & Cop­ing tracked the

wor­ries of uni­ver­sity stu­dents in Aus­tralia and found that they were of­ten solv­ing prob­lems while they were ag­o­niz­ing. So, while it feels un­pleas­ant, worry can be pro­duc­tive.

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