I was feeling stressed the other day and I wondered how much stress I feel compared to others. I decided to ask around a bit.
Me: You ever feel stress to the point where it is causing physical discomfort or bring you close to tears? Like throat swelling and heart pounding?
People I asked: Yes, all the time
Me: On an average week, how many days does that happen?
People I asked: 70% of the days
I was really surprised. I thought I was over-emotional and a wimp or something. Seriously, I thought that something was wrong with me and I was experiencing more than my normal share of stress. It was shocking to me that other people immediately and without any hesitation admitted to feeling this kind of stress all the time. There were a few people who said they never feel this kind of stress. They represented about 20% of the same.
Is this the human condition? To feel stress all the time? The same people indicated a much lower ratio of kick-ass “YES” moments. I know there are studies about the National Happiness Index. I don’t have an answer of how to be happy, but I know that there must be ways to affect one’s reaction. Like many blog posts, I feel like I raise more questions for myself than answers. Wisdom is a difficult goal apparently.