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How to Become More Patient with Everyday Annoyances

Change your relationship with stress

When the elevator's running slow, you clench your teeth and curse under your breath. If you still haven't received your latte or a restaurant table, you snap at the barista or hostess and demand to know why it's taking so long.

Everyone has those moments where they run short on the ability to stay calm in the face of frustration, adversity or suffering, also known as patience.

"We have expectations of what should be and what is an appropriate time to wait in line, or how quickly I should be able to get somewhere, or how someone else should act or how I should feel," said Sarah Schnitker, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University, and author of the 2012 study "An examination of patience and well-being."

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