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Sep 30, 2019



Nearly 40% of Americans state that today’s divisive politics are stressing them out.  Even more distressing is that 4% are driven to suicidal thoughts.


Political scientists at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln surveyed some 800 subjects.  The data show that:

  • 32% are unnerved by the relentless controversies on cable news.
  • 29% lose their tempers more easily.
  • 20% have lost friends over political fights.
  • 11% report physical health deterioration.


To combat sickening politics, turn off cable news, exercise, get outdoors, and read.  Impose a “no politics” rule when you gather with friends if you want them to remain friends.


Medical University of Vienna. "People in unhappy relationships more likely to have suicidal thoughts." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 September 2016.


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