If you’re listening to your significant other or roommate vent (someone you know fairly well), you can give them something at the finish line to look forward to. Particularly something you know ill cheer them up. For example, you could say “Tell me what’s going on and then maybe we can watch an episode of (their favorite TV show).” They’ll likely try to wrap up their story sooner so they can get to the fun stuff. June Cerza kolf, the author of How Can I Help? , also recommends incorporating some exercise so they can blow off some steam multiple ways. Offer to listen while you go for a walk, jog, or even between sets at the gym.