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Daily Hassles and Uplifts in Life

Updated on June 12, 2014
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What Are Hassles?

Hassles are “little stressors, including the irritating demands that can occur daily, that may cause more stress than major life changes do” (Wood, Wood, & Boyd 311).

What Are Uplifts?

According to Richard Lazarus, uplifts are “positive experiences in life which may neutralize the effects of many hassles” (Wood, Wood, & Boyd 311).

Stress Factors

As a college student, I am aware that balancing between the daily responsibilities and hardships of school and family life can be stressful at times. I think that labeling a day consisting of both hassles and uplifts as either a good or bad day differs according to the individual.

What I may find to be uplifting may be a hassle for another person or vice versa. For instance, I may enjoy reading some of the chapter from my course textbook but another person might consider that to be a hassle.

Reference:

  • Wood, S., Wood, E., Boyd, D. (2002). Mastering the World of Psychology. New Jersey: Pearson.

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