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a problem shared is a problem halved

Talking about a problem with someone else usually makes it seem less daunting or troubling. Just tell me what's bothering you, honey. You know what they say—a problem shared is a problem halved.
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trouble shared is a trouble halved

Prov. If you tell someone about a problem you are having, or request someone's help with a problem, the problem will not seem so daunting. (Can be used to encourage someone to confide in you or ask for your help.) Jill: Is something wrong? You've seemed so depressed lately. Jane: Oh, I wouldn'twant to bother you with it. Jill: Don't be silly. A trouble shared is a trouble halved, remember.
See also: halve, share, trouble

a trouble ˌshared is a trouble ˈhalved

(saying) if you talk to somebody about your problems and worries, instead of keeping them to yourself, they seem less serious: You really should tell someone how you feel. After all, a trouble shared is a trouble halved.
See also: halve, share, trouble
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Darren and Ian Owen both finished with 11 points in the order of merit, son Darren winning five and halving one of his eight games while dad Ian won five and halved one of his six.
1 15-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed one minute (or 1 cup dry beans, cooked) 1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained one minute (or 1 cup dry beans, cooked) 2 medium tomatoes, chopped (or 20 cherry tomatoes, halved) 2 small cucumbers, halved and sliced into thin crescents 1/2 medium red onion, sliced thin 3 Tb.
As a result, between 1970 and 2000 Scania halved fuel consumption per tonne-kilometre for truck haulage.
RESULTS - Foursomes: Keiran Robinson and Evan Griffith halved with Emma Pritchard and Danielle Jones; Simon Jones and Danny Reeves halved with Bethan Williams and Becky Ogden; Jake Massey and Cameron Peters lost to Amelia Easthope and Ellie Price 5&4; David Ramsey and Luke Wilson lost to Olivia Reynolds and Erin Toft 3&1; Luke Thomas and Shaun Myddleton bt Rachel Wainwright and Lucy Jones 4&3; Adam and Keiron Warriner halved with Jemma Lewis and Nicola Wainwright.
Henrik Stenson halved the second match with Noh Seung-yul and fellow Swede Johan Edfors also halved the final match with local favourite Thongchai Jaidee.
A Hunter beat P Caldicott 3 and 2, S Findlay lost to J Lynn 5 and 4, C Gardner halved with S Mallen, L Matthewson halved with C Beeby, D Galbraith beat C Campbell 2 up, K Goldie lost to A Gibson 4 and 3.
Although Held uses a small seedless watermelon, halved lengthwise in the fruit salad-floral arrangement, he suggests using a large, full-size watermelon if you're planning to serve a large crowd.
durham went down 12-6 to Cheshire at Warrington where eight matches were halved.
Leaders Wynyard went to Hunley Hall where Wynyard's scratch players came close to a share of the points with wins from Neil Hall and Luke Calvert, but with three wins from Chris Crooks, Jonathon Tremain and Mark Greensmith, the other game being halved, Hunley took the scratch points 7-5.
Maxfield had praise for Kevin Hale who won both his games and for Darren Martin, who halved both of his.
Scores: N Lockie halved with S Hubner, G Holland beat S Lloyd, B Crawford lost to C White, J Doolan lost to G Munro, S Cairns halved with D Hunter, T McInally beat R Linden 2 and 1, S Sheridan halved with A Dundas, I Robertson lost to G Dawson.
But Donovan blasted out and made the birdie putt that halved the hole when Johnson couldn't knock down his eagle try.
Cumbria were swept aside starting with the morning foursomes as Lancashire won four out of the six games, leaving Cumbria with just one win and a match halved with Lancs in total control by lunchtime 4'-1'.
Scores - Foursomes: A Schnacke (Huddersfield) & B Adamson (Crow Nest Park) lost to S Young & D Wasteny 2&1; A Shaw (Huddersfield) & J Skirrow (Crosland Heath) halved with R Oades & T Perry; B Tupman (Huddersfield) & I Powell (Hebden Bridge) lost to N Parker & M Hammond 1 hole; A Cryer (Woodsome Hall) & A Wilford (Huddersfield) halved with G Fulwood & D Moon; M Colcombe (Longley Park) & A Walker (Willow Valley) halved with I Clarke & O Smith; T Calvert (Willow Valley) & B Crowther (Dewsbury) lost to D Briggs & J Dean 6&5.