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Want to get along better during the pandemic? Be more understanding.

When people are stressed, their fuses seem to be shorter. A look, a remark, can trigger a snap reaction. Increase your understanding to decrease tension.

Everyone seems to be stressed about the coronavirus pandemic. With stress comes shorter fuses and panic buying as you've seen. One way to get along better and decrease tension is to be more understanding. Try to understand the other person's point of view. When someone feels acknowledged then they're more likely to calm down and relax. They'll feel like you get it and might be more willing to see the situation from your perspective as well. You don't have to agree with their position in order to be understanding. You just have to accept that it's how they feel. 

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