6. Gripe: Your partner emails you at work and asks you to pick up his dry cleaning on your way home -- as if you didn't have enough to do today.

What to do right now: Although you may be tempted to throw the errand back in his face with a "What have you done for me lately?", take a moment to realize this: altruistic behaviors (including helping another person and making them happy) are associated with greater well-being, health and longevity. "Don't be a scorekeeper," cautions Rubin.

So suck it up and run the errand for him. What may seem like an inconvenience now can pay dividends when you're faced with tough days down the line, since positive emotions, like satisfaction from helping someone else, can play a big role in enhancing your own coping resources.

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7. Gripe: You get an angry email from a co-worker, clearly sent to you by mistake, complaining about your "attitude."

What to do right now: Before you pound the keys with an angry response to the sender, calm yourself down and try to see the big picture, says Rossman. Acknowledge to yourself that you're upset, then try to find compassion for the person who mistakenly included your name in the email. Forgiveness goes a long way toward not only unleashing your mental burden, but your physical one, too, leading to better health outcomes .
Whether you decide to respond to the email or ignore it, take a few minutes to meditate. Not only can it help you relax, it can help you make less emotional and more rational decisions.

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8. Gripe: You return home only to find that your poor dog's bladder couldn't wait. New area rug: ruined!
What to do right now: After you've wiped up the mess, resist reaching for the chocolate, alcohol, or TV remote, and thumb through your personal photos instead. When researchers at the United Kingdom's Open University studied people's moods, they found that the greatest boost came from viewing pictures. Or try seeking out some scenery. If you can't take a walk outside, just looking at nature in photos or through a window can be calming. Research at Chonnam National University in South Korea found that views of mountains, forests and other landscapes produced heightened activity in the brain areas associated with positive outlook, emotional stability and happy memories.

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