Gretchen introduces her thoughts with this...

"I read David Rock’s very interesting book, Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long.

One strategy particularly struck me: if you’re feeling a negative emotion, you can work to reduce it by labeling it in one or two words.

Note, however, that thinking or talking at length about the emotional state tends to intensify it — while simply observing and labeling it helps to quell it."

Want a Simple Way to Calm Yourself? Describe Your Emotion in One or Two Words. — by Gretchen Rubin