When airports are crowded and flights are delayed, it is effective to remember that your perceptions of a
situation are as important as the situation itself in influencing the amount of stress that you feel.
Reappraisal of a stressful situation is effective because it changes your emotional responses; for example, turning anger into sympathy and worry into determination.
Making social comparisons, especially comparisons to one who is worse off, is therapeutic in difficult
In a difficult situation, successful copers often compare themselves to others who are (as they perceive) less
fortunate than themselves.