What’s Making Everyone So Angry?

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend. They had been in a meeting discussing work related issues. It suddenly to occured to my friend that everyone seemed to be carrying this huge chip around on their shoulder.

I laughed and told them that a year ago, they never would of noticed that. Why? Simply because they were just as angry.

It start me thinking later that day. I’ve been noticing a lot of anger and frustration both online and offline. So what’s making everyone so angry?

I’m not talking about the person with the occasional issue or offhand comment. We all have our days. Certainly, I do. What I’m thinking about are those people who seem to be always seeing a cup half empty. Vengeance seems to be the choice of the day and problems are pursed relentlessly. People are just nasty to one another. Stabbing someone in the back is commonplace.

Frankly, I don’t get it. I understand the country has economic issues. We’ve been there before and yet, we are one of the luckiest countries out there at the moment. Is lack of work to blame for all the anger? Maybe goverment lies? Too many demands? Too much technology? All of the above?

I don’t know.

What I do know is this. I am alive. I am a survivor. My family is in good health. I can’t change the world in one day. I can only take steps to change my own situation.

The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Or, as we used to say in the ’70’s – “Chill”


  1. bina edwards says:

    I think the economical issues is the thing…we here didn’t feel the effects like out east did, and we are so short staffed that most days there is a total of 9hrs OT (amongst all the staff combined)…obviously for the company it would be cheaper to high someone at starting wage then to pay out that much OT every single day. The OT does make me grumpy LOL as I would rather be at home with my family then with my co-workers, wondering when, oh when can I finally go home!!

    • Out in AB there are hiring signs everywhere. They are expecting is to be crazy busy with a lot of people moving out this way (sask and ab) I hope everything turns out for everyone. This has gone on a very long time

  2. I’ve noticed too that a lot of the new comedies on tv often resort to mean/cruel humour. I’m not a fan of that but a lot of those shows are very popular. As the saying goes…. why can’t we all just get along. 🙂

  3. Jennifer says:

    I work in customer service and health care, and I find that anger bubbling just below the surface all the time. It makes me wonder what is going on to make everyone so mad. And it is people of all ages, races and economic status. I`ve been called every kind of name, and cursed out by all kinds of people. And it just makes me wonder, what the heck is going on

  4. Rhonda G. says:

    I agree…I have serious health issues and that puts things into perspective. I wish people would be MORE grateful!