If you’re anxious by nature, it might not be a bad thing.

To all you worry-warts out there, listen up: All that worrying and fretting can actually be good for you sometimes, because it helps you perform better if you stay positive about it. In a recent study, students preparing for a GRE practice test scored higher when they were told that anxiety helped performance. If you harness your worry, rather than worry about being worried, it can actually have a useful physiological effect. Turning your “weaknesses” into strengths is a beautiful thing!

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