Regardless of their cause, how can you cope successfully with hassles? The key is to manage your emotions. As the McIntyre study showed, it's not the hassles per se but the negative emotions from hassles that lead to distress. You may not be able to change the situation that caused your stress, but you can change your reactions.  Looking for the silver lining, seeing humor in your predicament, or regarding the situation as a test of your faith are all ways that you can manage your emotions and get through even the most stressful hassle.

-- from the article of Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. in