Dealing With the Stress
So how do macaques deal with their stress? Here are some of the ways. Middle manager humans, feel free to try these out.
Hang out with a baby. A common stress reliever among macaques is taking care of infants. Both males and females love spending time with younger members of the troop, whether their own infant or someone else's. Grooming babies is a relaxing pastime. "They will grab [an infant] and take it over to their friends and groom it together," Fuentes said. "And that helps them calm down." Warning to middle managers: Taken to excess, this behavior could lead you to audition for "Toddlers and Tiaras."