Why Is America So Glum?

Ponder this:

You might want to read this WaPo (WonkBlog) story for possible answers: The unhappy states of America: Despite an improving economy, Americans are glum.

Or perhaps you have your own theories.

Life is such that there’s always some reason to be glum I suppose. But there’s also always some reason to be grateful, too.

Politically, the U.S. is in a very bad place presently. Economically, things are not as good as some people think nor as bad as some people fear. Financially, things are great for some people, O.K. for quite a few other people, and downright awful and bleak for many people.

Overall, things have been worse and they’ve been better.

You can make the case that our prospects are bleak or that they’re bright. The reality is, no one knows what the future holds.

While you’re pondering all of this, don’t forget to live. Time is running out. For each of us. Being glum is no way to spend it.

Find a path to something that can bring joy into your life. Kick some a** if necessary (not literally). Hug someone who’s lonely and forgotten. Find someone who wants to hug you. Extend a helping hand. Change jobs. Work harder. Stop whining and complaining. Act. Confront a politician. Demand solutions. Move. Meditate. Think. Reject the false stories and promises of ideologues and charlatans and others intent on deceit. Stop watching TV. Read. Get off social media. Spend less time online. Cut up the credit cards. Stop spending. Take a hike. Get in shape. Pursue freedom. Be grateful. Embrace simplicity. Make room for hope in your life.

But whatever you do, don’t succumb to the power of glumness. Time is simply too precious.

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