It may just be me - but as things FEEL more stressful, I have made a conscious effort to be kind to those around me. Those that wait on me, those that check me out, those that need to turn into traffic...just those around me.
I know its just the "script" for drive thrus, but when one of them asks how I am, I tell them good and then ask them the same question. So often they are surprised at my interest in them and not just getting on with the order. Their voice changes and they are smiling when I pull around. It feels good to give someone a reason to smile, even if the jerk behind me will ruin in ;)
Hold the door for someone - even if that someone is a man, a few feet behind, so you have to wait - whatever.
Let someone in regarding traffic and smile. They are usually so relieved because they probably have been sitting a while.
The nicest effect has been on my own personal well being. I am not blue - I am not miffed - I am pleasant - go figure! Being stressed is an energy zapper for me and changing (or at least trying to) my approach is just an energy boost.
I know this is a little "feel good" post and not the usual, but if the smiling doesnt work out, you can shoot them....but I bet it ruins your day.
* THE ABOVE PART ABOUT SHOOTING THEM WAS A JOKE - YOU CANT SHOOT PEOPLE THAT YOU DONT LIKE....