Psychologists sometimes use this tool to help people break negative cycles of ruminating over worrisome things: Think about everything that's stressing you today. Now imagine placing them in a basket attached to a balloon. Release the imaginary balloon into the air and watch, in your mind's eye, as it reaches the ceiling, magically goes through the roof, and floats into the open sky and, finally, into space. It takes just a minute or two -- and you'll be surprised how effective it can be at easing stress.
-- Paula Spencer Scott