Animated Video Illustrates How Stress Affects Your Organs

Chronic stress may invisibly damage your immune system.

Historically, our hard-wired stress response is supposed to make us alert and resilient when facing potential threats. However, when present for too long without any immediate danger, stress can spiral inward and cause an array of internal and mostly detrimental effects.

Sharon Horesh Bergquist of TEDEd guides us on an animated journey of stress and the human body—take a look:

The most interesting thing about stress is that it’s really what has kept us alive and thriving as a species for thousands of years. But somewhere in our evolution, stress has turned against us. As our world continues to develop and we become exposed to heightened stimuli via technology and the pressures of modern life, stress—when left unmanaged—can work against us, thereby increasing the aging process.

What can you do to slow down?


Seventy-five years ago, on January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.

Auschwitz was the deadliest of Nazi Germany's 20 concentration camps. From 1940 to 1945 of the 1.3 million prisoners sent to Auschwitz, 1.1 million died. That figure includes 960,000 Jews, 74,000 non-Jewish Poles, 21,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, and up to 15,000 other Europeans.

The vast majority of the inmates were murdered in the gas chambers while others died of starvation, disease, exhaustion, and executions.

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The phrase "stay in your lane" is usually lobbed at celebrities who talk about politics on Twitter by people who disagree with them. People in the sports world will often get a "stick to sports" when they try to have an opinion that lies outside of the field of play.

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In a move that feels like the subject line of a spam email or the premise of a bad '80s movie, online shopping mogul Yusaku Maezawa is giving away money as a social experiment.

Maezawa will give ¥1 million yen ($9,130) to 1,000 followers who retweeted his January 1st post announcing the giveaway. The deadline to retweet was Tuesday, January 7.

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