Narrator: This is Science Today. A University of California, Irvine psychologist has developed the Health Enhancing Lifestyle Program, or HELP, to train people to function better under duress. Dr. Salvatore Maddi says HELP teaches people to develop skills and attitudes needed to cope with stressful situations.
The coping skills are probably the easiest starting
point. Basically what you need to do there is make
a list of all the circumstances in your life that
seem stressful to you. Try to ask yourself whether
they are stressful because there's a big change going
on or whether they're stressful because there's kind
of ongoing conflict between what you want and what
Narrator: Maddi admits people often say they're too overwhelmed to go through such a list.
Maddi: Part of the reason they are overwhelmed
and too busy is that they haven't dealt specifically
and effectively with the stresses one at a time. Once
you start doing that, you realize what a difference
Narrator: Maddi's program is based on a 30-minute hardiness survey he developed to measure how stressed a person is and how the body responds to stress. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.