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By Eric Barker
May 12, 2015
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Barker is the author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree
  • Take a nap. Studies show we can process negative thoughts just fine when we’re exhausted — but not the happy ones.
  • Hug someone. Corny? Maybe. But it works.
  • Work on a hard problem that makes you think. Studies show if your brain is dedicated to a mental chore, it can’t bother you as much with distressing emotions.

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This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

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