Maya Szymanski: Money can’t buy happiness (but it can’t hurt)

aA just-released study from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention says the suicide rate in the United States is at its highest rate in 30 years. The study shows the increase in suicides in every age range group (excluding people older than 75).

What does this mean for wealth and income inequality?

bThe study and professionals point out a few factors that contribute to depression among the highest suicide rate group (middle-aged men and women). And out of the factors to depression that lead to suicide, two of the three suggested reasons for the increase are related to financial issues.

Speaking to the New York Times, Robert D. Putnam said:

“This is part of the larger emerging pattern of evidence of the links between poverty, hopelessness and health.”

In a CNN report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that:

Disappointed expectations of social and economic well-being among less educated white men from the baby-boom generation may also be playing a role.

 

cDr. Alex Crosby, a CDC epidemiologist, said he studied the association between economic downturns and suicide going back to the 1920s. and found that suicide was highest when the economy was weak.

Now this isn’t the way I want to start off my day, either. I’d rather be sipping tea or jumping in some ball pit but ignoring the mental, physical, and emotional implications of our countries current status is exactly why we are at this level of depression. And the worst part is what’s causing the rise in depression is so non-befuddling; lets look into the leading causes of depression. It’ll be fun, trust me.

Stress causes depression, O.K.?

So, what’s the most stressful thing in people’s lives?

Answer: financial issues.

Poor diets and lack of self-care cause depression, also, O.K.?

What causes poor diets and lack of self-care?

Answer: stress and financial issues.

Everything is so connected in the world, yet we act astonished when studies connect the dots that actually we already drew for ourselves. We are so sedated by material things that we can barely recognize that money rules us — us, our health, and our happiness.

 

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