Chill pill: Why America is so stressed out

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  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    April 7, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    Haha, must be Obama's fault, after all everything is Obama's fault.

    I met with a financial adviser last week and he told us how he keeps a bunch of magazine covers from the 1950's on his wall that are declaring the end of civilization and financial ruin for America. The fact is every generation and time period seems to think that this is the end and it's all downhill from here. Do you really think that we are more stressed than those during the great depression who couldn't even feed their families. More stressed than those in the 60's who were going to get drafted and sent off to a pointless war at any moment? More stressed than those in the 80's when we were on the edge of our seats thinking a nuclear war was right around the corner? My point is not that we aren't in a stressful period of time, but that it's nothing new.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    April 7, 2014 6:43 a.m.

    I think it is interesting that Public Administration has the greatest obesity levels, perhaps caused by stress. We live in a society today where "government job" is looked upon with distain, as if working for citizens is a shame. Very sad.

    We look at our dysfunctional Congress where even just a handful of TEA Party extremists can shut the government down, cause economic chaos across the country. The ongoing narrative is that government is a "waste."

    Interestingly, I read a story in the NY Times a couple weeks back about how our government is quite entrepreneurial, and many technologies and industries today, wouldn't exist if our government hadn't provided the basic building blocks. For example, Google Earth and Google Maps are actually built upon government's open source satellite data. Indeed, the Internet was a government initiative before business was allowed to operate on it in the early 1990s.

    It's too bad that we don't hear more about good government, creating business opportunities. Perhaps we'd have a greater appreciation for it -- and our elected officials might act differently.

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    April 3, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    Basically what this article says is that we are becoming too materialistic. Seems like we need a good dose of humility, and need to remember what really matters.

    To "GaryO" the funny thing is that we are becoming more stressed out as we adopt liberalism, not conservativism. I don't think you actually follow what is going on in the world very well.

    Conservatives don't glorify greed. That is actually a liberal trait. Just look at Obama's statements on taking money from one group to give it to another. Plus, look at the people who voted for obama. Remember the lady who was going to get her mortgage paid for by Obama, and get gas for her car thanks to Obama. That is greed.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 3, 2014 9:45 a.m.


    You're partially right. Conservatism IS driven by greed. The part you left off is that liberalism is also driven by greed.

    Conservatism says "I worked for it, so therefore it's mine and I get to keep it."
    Liberalism says "someone else worked for it, so therefore it's mine and I get to keep it."

  • Dr. Thom Long Beach, CA
    April 3, 2014 5:01 a.m.

    After being laid off from an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) because he was over 60 and White, a colleague hasn't worked full time in academics for three years. To make ends meet, he was teaching four classes at a local college as an adjunct, but thanks to ObamaCare where 30 hrs a week is considered full time by the IRS, his classes were cut to one every eleven weeks. So now instead of teaching four classes at one college and doing OK, he now has to teach four classes at four different institutions. When considering prep-time and driving he is barley getting by, so yea he's a bit stressed since as contingent faculty, he doesn't know how many contracts he will have from semester to semester. He tried to get a job outside academics but with a PhD/JD in business and HR law, few people (even Walmart) want to hire a 60 year old ex-law professor.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    April 2, 2014 8:16 p.m.

    slcdenizen - "Are more unstable people drawn to conservatism, or does the ideology breed comtempt for other people?"

    Well, yes . . . And yes.

    Modern American Conservatism glorifies greed. And although greed has been historically considered a vice, among "Conservatives," greed is good, greed is great, greed is the highest of virtues. And of course, greed essentially IS "contempt for other people."

    And that brings us to the kind of people drawn to Conservatism. Where else can an unstable, narcissistic, greedy, contemptible, self-indulgent person feel welcome and surrounded by like-minded peers? where else would he not be shunned?

    . . . Only in "Conservative" circles.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    April 2, 2014 3:42 p.m.

    Too much incoming, minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day.
    How to de-stress?
    Turn off all electronic devices.
    Go live, sparsely, on a warm island. Work for just the very basics.
    Bury whatever valuables you own in a place where no one, except for yourself, will ever find them.

  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    April 2, 2014 2:22 p.m.


    There is indeed a perverse obsession with our President. I recall a similar obsession in the 90's with Clinton. Is this healthy? Are more unstable people drawn to conservatism, or does the ideology breed comtempt for other people?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    April 2, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    Why are so many Americans stressed out?

    Answer: Obama