It's usually a calming, centering thing for me. Unless it's something new or complex---then there's lots of swearing.
Geekgolightly, thank you! And sadly, yes, that attitude is still very much present. I see it in letters to the editor in my local paper, in comments overheard in public places, etc. There was a story tonight on the local news about a group of Wiccans performing a ceremony around a majestic magnolia that may well be cut down for some sort of building. I'm grateful they sent their best reporter to cover the story (he tends to be quite fair), but he seemed a little uncomfortable with it.