Poll says Americans are some of the most stressed people in the world

More than 150,000 people around the world were polled, where they were asked about the emotions they experienced the day before the survey was conducted. Over 1,000 Americans’ responses were collected for the poll’s latest installment.

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Americans are just as stressed as ever.

Gallup’s annual Global Emotions report found just what many of us felt: Americans are some of the most stressed people in the world.


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More than 150,000 people around the world were polled, where they were asked about the emotions they experienced the day before the survey was conducted. Over 1,000 Americans’ responses were collected for the poll’s latest installment.

Fifty-five percent of Americans said they had experienced stress during much of their day in 2018, much higher than the global average which sat around 35%.

Americans’ stress levels, which were the highest in a decade, were influenced by participants’ age and income. More than 60% of American people below age 50 felt most stressed. Financially, more than half of the country’s poorest fifth felt most stressed (68%) and worried (56%).

Gallup said there was a “strong relationship between stress, worry, and disapproval” due to the current state of politics in the US.

The most stressed-out nations in the world are led by Greece (59%), Phillippines (58%) and Tanzania (57%). The United States ranked seventh on the list.

Combating your stress levels can be difficult, but there are ways to help. The National Institute of Mental Health says practical steps could help reduce your levels. Some of their recommendations are recognizing what your body’s response to stress is, getting regular exercise or try to relax actively.


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Kyle Schnitzer|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at kschnitzer@theladders.com.