Science says acting like George Costanza may be the key to reducing stress

George from Seinfeld isn't exactly someone we'd want to emulate. (Well, except taking secret desk naps; that sounds awesome.) But according to a new study published in Nature.com's Scientific Reports, George was actually onto something with his whole talking-in-third-person thing. In fact, we should all be doing it as much as possible.

Hear us out: Researchers found that referring to yourself in third person is actually an amazing stress reliever. (Quick seventh-grade English class recap: Third person is when the perspective is he, she, it or they, like "George is getting upset" or "George likes spicy chicken.")

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10. Shreveport, LA

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9. Augusta, GA

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8. Rochester, NY

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7. San Bernardino, CA

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6. Birmingham, AL

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5. Miami, FL

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4. Jackson, Mississippi

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3. Cleveland, Ohio

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2. Detroit, MI

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1. Newark, NJ

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It works like this: When you step outside your own bubble and start treating yourself the way you'd treat other people, you're less likely to be hard on yourself and much more apt to think objectively about the problem at hand. (Just maybe do this silently to yourself at home, not at an important meeting with your boss.)

So say it with us: [insert your name here] is taking a page from George Costanza today.

Related: Jobs to stay away from to reduce stress

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Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

Stress tolerance: 98.5

Average annual salary (2014): $39,410

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Nurse anesthetists

Stress tolerance: 98.2

Average annual salary (2014): $158,900

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Telephone operators

Stress tolerance: 98.2

Average annual salary (2014): $39,350

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Dancers

Stress tolerance: 97.0

Average annual salary (2014): N/A

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Obstetricians and gynecologists

Stress tolerance: 96.5

Average annual salary (2014): $214,750

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Surgeons

Stress tolerance: 96.2

Average annual salary (2014): $240,440

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Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

Stress tolerance: 95.2

Average annual salary (2014): $131,760 

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Healthcare social workers

Stress tolerance: 95.0

Average annual salary (2014): $53,590 

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Phlebotomists

Stress tolerance: 95.0

Average annual salary (2014): $31,890

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Broadcast news analysts

Stress tolerance: 94.7

Average annual salary (2014): $84,380

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Education administrators, preschool and childcare center/program

Stress tolerance: 94.2

Average annual salary (2014): $52,190

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Mental health counselors

Stress tolerance: 94.2

Average annual salary (2014): $43,990

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First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Stress tolerance: 94.0

Average annual salary (2014): $84,260

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Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders

Stress tolerance: 94.0

Average annual salary (2014): $29,410

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General internist

Stress tolerance: 94.0

Average annual salary (2014): $190,530

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Costume attendants

Stress tolerance: 93.5

Average annual salary (2014): $50,270

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Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Stress tolerance: 93.5

Average annual salary (2014): $43,420

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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

Stress tolerance: 93.5

Average annual salary (2014): $219,600

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Child, family, and school social workers

Stress tolerance: 93.3

Average annual salary (2014): $46,180

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Correspondence clerks

Stress tolerance: 93.3

Average annual salary (2014): $36,240

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Funeral service managers

Stress tolerance: 93.3

Average annual salary (2014): $81,080

Photo Credit: Alamy

Psychiatric aides

Stress tolerance: 93.3

Average annual salary (2014): $28,430

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Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

Stress tolerance: 93.3

Average annual salary (2014): $33,400

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