"Stress & the Economy: Ideas from the 'Greatest Generation'"
Stress & the Economy: the REAL Cost of Stress”
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Consider the following:
1. Simplify-Observations from the “Greatest Generation”:
a. Saved their money!
b. Did more with less
c. Bartered, borrowed, and exchanged services
d. Everyone in the household contributed
e. Everyone in the household worked outside of the home
f. Appreciated & maintained what they had
g. Were happy and “didn’t even know they were poor!”
h. Grew their own fruits & vegetables
i. Sewed their own clothes
j. Accepted & gave “HAND ME DOWNS”
k. Socialized more within the family
l. Walked everywhere
m. Always bought on sale
2. Set your priorities-take the time to do so:
a. What/whom is most important to you?
b. How are you managing your time?
c. With whom do you associate?
d. Where is your hard-earned money going? Do you have a monthly budget?
e. Do you maintain your hard-earned possessions?
f. Question your acquisition of “things.”
g. Evaluate your level of life satisfaction
h. Evaluate your NEEDS VS. WANTS (what IS motivating what you THINK are your needs:
Depression? Anxiety? Loneliness? Fear? Escaping Stress?)
3. Make a plan:
a. Write it down
b. KISS principle: Keep it Simple Stupid/Silly!
c. Make a commitment to follow the plan!
d. Get your significant others’ input; integrate their input and WORK IT TOGETHER!
e. We are so blessed here in the U.S. Appreciate and never take for granted our God-given
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