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Let go of your Stresses!

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: ”How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!

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Submitted by Tina

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  • son_of_fate May 27, 2022, 11:00 am

    Applying, applying, applying… Tell you when i will fully master it. Nice article.

  • Lakshmi May 13, 2022, 1:08 am

    Thank you very much. Very Important to Everyone.

  • Khushboo September 11, 2020, 1:43 am

    Thank you. I will try and put the glass down.

  • Mirwais November 2, 2018, 1:16 pm

    That is a very good and motivational lesson. I’ll teach it to my students

  • Nerolyne Kapapa March 18, 2018, 11:02 pm

    Love this

  • Aarti rohan November 20, 2017, 10:00 pm

    Very nice stories thank u so much for giving this stuff

  • Hamsa September 20, 2017, 12:58 pm

    So beautifully explained. Loved it

  • joseph September 18, 2017, 3:50 pm

    Wonɗerful article

  • Radhika bhatia June 22, 2017, 7:35 am

    Vy nice ‘n’ motivational story, I like this 1✌

  • Sahil February 27, 2017, 10:17 am

    It is a good one it teaches us ways in which we can keep control on our streesses

  • Akshanshu January 15, 2017, 10:30 am


  • gail taneo November 6, 2016, 1:47 pm

    It was a good story

  • Sampath (Sri Lanka) September 21, 2016, 9:13 am

    Thank you very much.

  • Devendra singh September 7, 2016, 7:29 am

    A life changing story

  • Nfor Obadiah August 10, 2016, 8:44 pm

    Nice one thanks so much so inspiring

  • Manpreet Singh August 1, 2016, 1:58 am

    Beautiful example on stress.
    Fresh example I have ever heard.
    Thank you very much…!!!!!

  • Anita July 18, 2016, 3:51 am

    Thanks boz I am feel so stress this story help me to wk up

  • yogesh June 24, 2016, 3:41 am

    So impressive and effective

  • Hannington May 26, 2016, 9:12 am

    Truly spoken

  • Nien May 26, 2016, 1:18 am

    Great! Gonna remember this every time.

  • Tina April 25, 2016, 5:41 pm

    Love it!

  • Shadab March 24, 2016, 11:05 pm

    It is really a very good story

  • Jucy December 23, 2015, 2:55 pm

    So true…

  • khadija Aliyu October 8, 2015, 3:07 pm

    Nice one and inspirational,thanks.

  • khadija Aliyu October 8, 2015, 3:05 pm

    nice one… no worries from now on

  • dimi October 6, 2015, 12:06 pm

    this is a really nice and simple story. i was in a relationship for about 11 months and my bf meant to be the whole world to me. but because of our complicated relationship we broke up and i was not ready. i was worried a lot and also cried a lot at the same time. after few days we started the relationship again coz i was depressed. but now we are not the same cute couple that we used to be. so now im preparing my self to put the glass down.

  • Sandhya Gupta October 4, 2015, 11:16 pm

    Very true !!

  • Marlon paez September 13, 2015, 7:49 pm

    Good and inspired

  • Sanjay Kumar Behera September 3, 2015, 2:30 pm

    It is great thing …. how much u take accordingly if ur body permit but more doesn’t require bcz there is stressful.

  • Sona rathore August 26, 2015, 7:15 am

    I really like this story.

  • Mugurlix July 30, 2015, 5:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing !

  • Maria kristabelle July 21, 2015, 10:55 pm

    So right 🙂

  • Mili July 1, 2015, 1:13 pm

    Good piece of work

  • Sakshi July 1, 2015, 1:11 pm

    Excellent it is true

  • Grefy May 12, 2015, 6:49 am

    Thank you so much for this!

  • Dr.bbalnarayana May 7, 2015, 1:33 pm

    This story is wonderful. It tells us that;
    ‘’though we have stresses, we should continue our activities
    Without getting discouraged. If we take them serious, quitting
    Our activities, we may have to face more problems.’’

  • MILDRED GARUFU May 6, 2015, 4:01 am

    This is really helping a lot. We are learning of different situations. Thank you for the effort.

  • R€dd April 26, 2015, 10:37 pm

    Nice♡.I liked the example of the water glass.. is so true. Thx for the advice

  • Sailesh April 20, 2015, 2:44 pm

    Awesome.. a diffrent approach

  • Varalakshmi March 17, 2015, 9:07 pm

    It’s to short but it inspiring me a lot .thanks for sharing

  • Abinaya March 3, 2015, 7:11 am

    Nice one….

  • Blessed December 30, 2014, 4:58 pm

    So true, thanks for sharing.

  • Siam December 4, 2014, 7:17 am

    Short but inspiring….

  • Zoha November 5, 2014, 1:14 am

    Really nice …… inspirable…

  • Asmita Mulik October 29, 2014, 7:23 am

    Very nice and inspirable..!! 🙂

  • Serge October 16, 2014, 1:07 pm

    Very true, thanks a lot…….

  • Justine angiating October 9, 2014, 5:29 am


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  • Y.I September 3, 2014, 8:47 pm

    I’ve been holding a stress for more than 8 Years, which is for one particular reason. I think this story will help me disolve my stress. keeping praying.

  • Purna August 20, 2014, 1:09 am

    Great story! I want to read these kind of stories. I am expecting more in future. Awesome.

  • GD August 12, 2014, 5:49 am


  • Ramzan Ali August 9, 2014, 9:37 am

    This is the helpful story for me take care

  • Fozia June 19, 2014, 4:37 am

    Oh it’s so SPLENDID. I’ll apply this story in our life and spend a peaceful life.

  • Malachy June 16, 2014, 9:45 am

    It’s just going to work.. I know it will.

  • Leah May 29, 2014, 4:41 am

    100% AGREED ……… the more u hold it the MORE it hurt but its not easy to let it go just like that … that why we need the weapon to fight …and the weapon is PRAYERS….

  • Prachi April 26, 2014, 7:01 am

    Amazing story!!!!!!!…..!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Saqib April 19, 2014, 5:42 am

    It sounds very simple but it actually isn’t that simple.. It’s not easy to get over happening with you… But I wish I could do it. Nice story though!

  • Mona Chawla April 13, 2014, 1:17 pm

    A very inspiring story which encourages you in building positive attitude.

  • Jemimah April 7, 2014, 5:23 am

    It is really a nice story.

  • R k kapoor March 29, 2014, 6:11 am

    Nice nothing is yours.

  • James March 24, 2014, 12:43 am

    That’s True, don’t let the stress consume our mind,
    But The problem is, how can we just ignore it ???

    I wish I can let it go easily…

    By the way, it’s a nice inspirational story…

  • Swapna March 20, 2014, 5:45 am

    Really good..

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