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 to 20 ounces.

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 continues, “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 and incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down.

Hat tip: Phil of Phils Phun
Image Credit: Miguel Bustillos Blog

  51 comments for “PSA

  1. January 27, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Interesting, but I am not sure if this science transfers equally if the glass is full of a lovely cabernet. 😉

    big hugs xoxo

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Everything changes when there is wine. All bets are off. 🙂

  2. January 27, 2015 at 3:00 am

    This is wise words d-)

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Very wise words Laika. 🙂

  3. January 27, 2015 at 4:50 am

    I can't even hold a glass of beer for that long i tend too tilt it towards my mouth 🙂

    Have a watertastic day Sandee ;-h

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      I've that problem with champagne or wine. 🙂

  4. January 27, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Good to know that I don't have to hold a glass of water for a whole day. Just have to remember to only stress for a few minutes. That actually does make sense. Sandee, you and Zane and Little Bit have a fantastic Tuesday.

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Stress does us no good at all. Got to put down the glass and the stress. 🙂

  5. January 27, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Great point, now I just have to share with with Mr D. a recent quad bypass guy, he is always stressing.
    Have a great day!

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Please do. There are so many things that are completely out of our control. 🙂

  6. January 27, 2015 at 6:27 am

    No, raise the glass. I thought that what happy hour was about.

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Amen to that. I love me a good happy hour or two. 🙂

  7. January 27, 2015 at 6:31 am

    That's really a great story to teach a lesson about stress. Thanks for sharing it.

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      It is indeed Jean. My buddy Phil is a wise man. 🙂

  8. January 27, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Cool … I'm stealing this for a friend. c-)

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Please do Odie. A great reminder. 🙂

  9. LAC
    January 27, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Wise words! Something I struggled with after my Gram passed and all that stress afterwards. Hope you are having a lovely SNOW FREE day.

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      I remember all the stress you had after your precious grandmother passed. 🙂

  10. January 27, 2015 at 7:30 am

    nice one girly!!!! I got for reading ha all snowed in here hun! xoxoxox 🙂

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      I was thinking about you when I heard about that blizzard hitting your area. Stay warm and safe. 🙂

  11. January 27, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I'll drink to that! Joking aside- she makes an excellent point! No sense in dwelling on
    stuff… have a super duper day!

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Exactly. Someday we'll share some wine together. 🙂

  12. January 27, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Waiting for a punch line, and got a nice bit of philosophy instead.

    I see you are setting us up for the next story.

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      I mess with everyone once in a while and actually post something that has some meaning. 🙂

  13. January 27, 2015 at 8:42 am

    There's a lot of truth in her theory!

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Tons and tons of truth. 🙂

  14. January 27, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Very wise and something we should all remember!

    Happy Tortie Tuesday Sandee! Smooches to Little Bit!

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Sometimes I forget this. I too need to always remember this. 🙂

  15. January 27, 2015 at 10:40 am

    oh i love that! i am putting the glass down right this minute! thank you!

    smiles, bee

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Good for you honey. You're smarter than the average bear and then some. 🙂

  16. January 27, 2015 at 11:01 am


    • January 27, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      I think most of us needed reminded. You're most welcome. 😉

  17. January 27, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Yes! And in the case of this old church lady, i lay them at the feet of Jesus. Good reminder, i need to go do that more often.

  18. January 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Wise words. I have to remember that lesson.

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      I remind myself often. 🙂

  19. January 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    That is so true and a great reminder to just let go

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Letting go is difficult for some of us at times, but so necessary. 🙂

  20. January 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Great wisdom, but I laughed at Barb's comment.

    Big hugs, honey…

    • January 27, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      I laughed at her comment too. Wish we could all share some wine. That would be wonderful. 🙂

  21. January 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Holy cow. That is SO SERIOUS and SO SO SO WISE AND TRUE. WOW. I really want to remember this – such good advice.

    • January 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      We all need a reminder Katherine. I do often. 🙂

  22. January 27, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I need to put the glass down.

    • January 29, 2015 at 10:49 am

      We all do from time to time. 🙂

  23. January 27, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    My pet rocks says the prof should have used a Dixie Cup. My pet rock missed the point…but won't have a sore arm.

    • January 29, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Seymour is smarter than the average rock you know. He's always right. 🙂

  24. January 28, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Great analogy!

  25. January 28, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Great advice Sandee. But does it change if the glass is half full or half empty?

    • January 29, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Nope, either way it's the same. 🙂

  26. MNL
    May 14, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    that’s really cool advice. that’s a great example

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