Angry much?

Published 7:30 pm Friday, December 4, 2009

Are you happy? Does it seem like you’re angry for the better part of your day? Well, a recent study shows who America’s angriest people are and why. The study, surprisingly enough, showed the young, those with children at home, and the less educated, as the angriest people in the U.S.

Sometimes I think these kinds of studies are exercises in common sense. I can understand why those with children at home would be angry. There’s just one more person in your house to eat up all the Cap’n Crunch on Saturday morning. That would make me angry.

And being uneducated leads to a feeling that there’s no control over one’s fate. I would be very angry about that. But I can’t, for the life of me, understand why young people are so angry these days.

Maybe it’s just the way I look at things, but my youth was no time to be angry at the world. My teens and 20s were filled with new experiences and reasons to be happy.

But to be angry in your youth will undoubtedly make the rest of your years so much worse. Things get way more complicated as you get older.

Better to spend all the energy it takes being angry remembering things like where you put your keys or why there’s a waffle under the passenger seat of your car. The older you get, the more challenging such puzzles become.

The study pinpoints the three “core stressors” that young people are more susceptible to: time pressures, economic hardship and interpersonal conflict at the workplace.

While no one is immune to any of these stressors, the older, wiser and better educated individuals know better how to deal with them.

As I am in my 30s, have a decent education and no children, I try to remember that life is a marathon and not a sprint. You will never last going full-force all the time, no matter what pressure you may feel to succeed.

Fortune doesn’t do a dead man much good. That is something youth may never realize. As for economic hardship, being mentally prepared for both bad and good is key. Work as hard as you can towards the good to have no regrets, nor more anger, in the event of the bad. Taking and cherishing things as they come and being in the moment helps a lot when it comes to mitigating the worry over things to come.

As for interpersonal workplace conflicts, it is important to remember that no matter what each day may bring, everyone you work with is trying to achieve the same goal: to get the job done.

Finding ways to work with each other, rather than focusing on what others may or may not be doing will probably lead to less anger and more productivity. Also remember that work is just work, and it’s best not to get too tied up into what you do. You may just miss out on who you are as a result.

I know it seems like I’m picking on today’s youth here by questioning them about their anger. But I feel I must, because it is you, the angry young people, who have the most control over their destiny, thus less reason to be so angry. So take my advice and relax a bit. You’ve got plenty of time, folks.