Where does stress come from? Financial pressures? Looming deadlines? Conflicts at work or at home? For more than half a century, we’ve been told that stress comes from circumstances like these, that it’s a byproduct of our ancestors’ fight-or-flight response to danger, and that the best we can do, given the fast pace of life today, is breathe, try to relax, and accept that stress is inevitable.

All of this, according to Andrew Bernstein, is wrong. Spurred by the death of several family members when he was young, Bernstein began a quest to understand the real dynamics of stress and resilience. He eventually realized that stress doesn’t come from your circumstances—it comes from your thoughts about your circumstances. More specifically, stress is created by a particular kind of thinking that humans happen to excel at (and that positive thinking can’t fully dislodge).

Consequently, the antidote to stress—and the key to far greater resilience—is not exercise or physical relaxation, but finding these stress-producing thoughts and finally dismantling them. Bernstein created a process called ActivInsight that helps you do this in just seven steps, yielding life-changing breakthroughs in a matter of minutes, with no jargon, stigma, or “touchy-feeliness.”

Bernstein has been teaching ActivInsight to great acclaim in schools, not-for-profits, and Fortune 500 companies since 2004. Now he shares this technique for the first time with a wider audience. In The End of Stress, you can experience the surprising power of this new approach for yourself as you apply ActivInsight to a wide variety of today’s most common challenges, including:

• weight loss  • money  • success  • interpersonal conflict  • addiction  • traffic  • divorce  • heartbreak  • discrimination  • anger  • uncertainty about the future  • loss of a loved one  • and more.

With compassion, intelligence, and humor, The End of Stress offers a complete reeducation in the nature of stress, permanently changing the way you relate to challenges—at school, at work, and at home—in order to live a happier and healthier life.