Lighten up. The stress from what you fear will kill you faster!

Most of what causes us fear and anxiety is the same as the fear we find on Halloween.

At Halloween, one of the most common emotions is fear.  But, in using that analogy, you could assert that common-day America is Halloween 365 days per year.  In doing research on what we fear most, here is what I’ve found:

Government Corruption
This is probably valid.  I believe there is corruption at almost every level of Government.  So, I can’t alleviate your fears on this one.

Cyber Terrorism  (network destruction, stealing secrets, EMP, etc)
69% of CEOs fear that cyber threats will their impact growth.
— PwC, 17th Annual

Another threat/fear is Cyber-hacking.
From banking, medical to technological it appears that 15-20% of companies had theft of medical data, trade secrets, confidential information and financial data last year.

Terrorist Attacks.      more American citizens died overseas from traffic accidents or intestinal illnesses than from terrorism, so this fear is not legitimate for American citizens living in America.

– You are 35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

– You are 33,842 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack
obesity is a a contributing factor in 100,000–400,000 deaths in the United States per year. That makes obesity 5,882 to times 23,528 more likely to kill you than a terrorist.

– Deaths due to medical errors could be as high as 100,000

– 28 people were killed as a result of white supremacist terrorism, while 26 have died in attacks by Muslim extremists since 9/11/01.

Bio Warfare.  While the thought of this may present a doomsday scenario, it’s probably more of a concern for the CIA than the average American.

– Almost 100 per year die riding on a horse or horse and buggy.

– 12,000 people die falling down the stairs each year.

Identity Theft
– 17.6 million persons, or 7% of all U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of one or more incidents of identity theft in 2014.  About 14% of identity theft victims experienced out-of-pocket losses of $1 or more. Of these victims, about half suffered losses of $100 or less and many were able to resolve it in a day.  The biggest factor for identity-theft victims, last year, was emotional stress.

Economic Collapse in future.  I don’t want to depress you, but this isn’t something that might happen, it WILL happen.  However, if we spend our mental capital preparing in some way for it, instead of worrying about it, we’ll be just fine.

Running out of money
– There are 1.5 million bankruptcies each year.
– medical debt – get insurance
– job loss
– credit overextended
– divorce
– foreclosure

U.S. Bankruptcy   We’re a very long way from this.  Our fear shouldn’t be the failure of The United States, but of ourselves continuing to elect failing politicians to lead us.


– Texting while driving kills 6,000 annually in the U.S. alone

– Hippos kill 2,900 people annually in Africa

– Autoerotic Asphyxiation Kills 600 people annually

– Falling out of bed kills 450 people annually in the U.S.

– Dogs kill 34 people per year in the U.S.

– Ants kill 30 people per year

– Vending machines kill 13 people per year  MORE THAN SHARKS.

The bottom line this Halloween?  Most of what causes us fear and anxiety is the same as the fear we find on Halloween.  It’s just manufactured fear based on our ignorance of the data.   Lighten up.  The stress can kill you!