Thursday, February 05, 2015

Despite Cheery News Notes from Government and Others, Americans Deeply Stressed Over This Factor

From Yahoo Health comes news of a survey of Americans' stress.  One factor over any other is leading to continuing stress and is even affecting the health of people.  I'll have the link to the complete article below.
The average person knows he is under stress.  And when he thinks about it, personal finances very often come to mind. 
What a sad state of affairs for what used to be called the greatest nation on earth.
Certainly, an America constantly stressed-out over personal finances is not the America we know, and certainly not a healthy America. 
via Yahoo Health --
Nearly three-quarters of adults say they’re stressed about this factor.
Even with the U.S. economy on the rebound, Americans are more stressed out about money than ever, and the financial strain is harming the nation’s health.
The American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” survey results for 2014, released this week, shows that 72 percent of adults report feeling stressed about money at least some of the time, and 22 percent say that they experience extreme stress about money. Top reported triggers include paying for unexpected expenses, paying for essentials, and saving for retirement.


  1. Here is more from the article: There is some good news: Stress as a whole is trending downward, with lower overall levels reported now than in 2007. But that stress is still way too high. “Despite the good news that overall stress levels are down, it appears that the idea of living with stress higher than what we believe to be healthy and dealing with it in ineffective ways continues to be embedded in our culture,” Norman B. Anderson, PhD, CEO and executive vice president of the American Psychological Association, says in a statement. ,

  2. What does it mean for the U.S. to be maintaining "stress higher than we believe to be healthy" as something "embedded in our culture." This is a tremendously significant statement. Either our idea of high stress is wrong or we are headed in a very wrong direction.


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