Learning about the biology of stress and wellbeing

Would you like to know more about how the activities in this toolkit help regulate stress? In this section, you will find short explanations about the biology of stress and wellbeing, as well as articles about how resilience works for individuals, in relationships and in communities. 

Stress can be contagious

We humans have evolved as tribes. Over the ages, our “social brain” has evolved to help us respond to each other within milliseconds.


No matter how differently we think about the mind and the soul, we all have one thing in common: a body that responds similarly to activity (rising heart rate! tensing muscles! focused gaze!) and to rest (deeper breaths…, softer gaze…, looser posture… ). How we respond depends on whatever our inside or outside situation calls for.

Positive and negative stress

Stress ist nicht immer etwas Schlechtes! Man kann auch positiven Stress erleben. Welche Auswirkungen aber negativer Stress haben kann, erfährst Du hier…

The Stress and Recovery Curve

Warum verhalten wir Menschen uns unter Stress manchmal ganz anders als sonst? Wenn wir “aus der Stresskurve fliegen”, kann auch die Höflichkeit flöten gehen…

What is Resilience?

“Resilience” describes a capacity to deal with and recover from extremely challenging circumstances. This capacity depends on much more than just your own abilities…