You need wealth to live a naturally healthy and long life

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Stressed out over money

Experts have said that economic stress has played an ever widening role in the increasing death rate in the United States.

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There is an old saying that money can't buy you happiness. However, people who have experienced wealth and financial hardship certainly feel that in the quest for happiness it sure can't hurt to have a lot of money. In fact it seems that wealth can help buy your health and without your health it sure is hard to be happy.

Increased stress and anxiety which results from being economically insecure may partially explain the increased death rate

Washington University in St. Louis reports that increased stress and anxiety which results from being economically insecure may partially explain the increased death rate in the United States. The U.S. government announced on December 8 that for the first time in a decade the death rate in the United States has increased.

Mark Rank, who is an expert in dealing with poverty and inequality at Washington University in St. Louis, says that the overall life expectancy in the United States actually went lower last year for the first time since 1993. This finding was found to be particularly true for people under 65 years old. Rank says this news broke at the same time that empirical research from Stanford University showed that for the first time in decades it has become harder and harder to realize the American Dream.

More Americans than ever in recent decades are feeling pressures associated with being economically insecure

Rank co-authored an influential book titled “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes.” He says more Americans than ever in recent decades are feeling pressures associated with being economically insecure. The average American sees their hopes and dreams becoming less likely to be achievable. With more and more households in a daily fight to just keep from sinking into the depths of deadly poverty there has been widening anxiety shared by people across the country.

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It has been pointed out by Rank that the fall in life expectancy which has been seen is largely due to increasing levels of stroke, heart disease, unintentional injuries and suicide. These have all been found to be closely associated with increased levels of anxiety and stress. When stress increases the likelihood of these causes of death increases.

There have been rising trends of income and wealth inequality

Rank points out that there have been rising trends of income and wealth inequality. In fact the United States has been becoming a society highlighted by "haves and have nots." Those who have wealth are getting wealthier and yet the numbers of people in this category are getting smaller. At the same time there are more and more have nots and they have been growing poorer. This has all been associated with decreased life expectancy in the United States.

The Cornell Chronicle reports that "Chasing the American Dream" by Hirschl has impelled considerations of a "virtuous cycle." It is imperative for pathways to the American Dream to widen in order for more people to be accommodated. A "virtuous cycle" can be created by making greater investments in all of our people. With a strengthening of the human capital and skills of our population, more people can reach their capabilities and potential in life.

Psychiatrists are themselves responsible for creating much of the economic stress

Paradoxically the psychiatrists who claim to be experts in dealing with anxiety and depression which is seen with economic distress are themselves responsible for creating much of the economic stress which many people across the United States must live with. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights has again and again highlighted that psychiatry is a highly destructive discipline. This is certainly true and via destroying the academic potential and accomplishments of students and careers of hard working and well educated people psychiatrists are literally murdering people daily by creating economic distress for them.

The authors of "Chasing the American Dream" say that all Americans deserve the opportunity and freedom which is needed to pursue their interests and capabilities with a goal of attempting to reach their full potential. It is clearly essential that hard work should open the doors to economic security for people and their families. The experience of progress and associated optimism is a vital part of having a meaningful life. This is all also a part of having a healthy life. It is clear wealth is necessary to live a naturally healthy and long life.

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