Many people have their own interpretations about the “American Dream” and what it entails. For some, it is simply to live in America and raise a family. Others believe it takes becoming a CEO and making millions of dollars to live out the dream.
Lately, the American Dream has become all about work, work, work—work so you can own a huge house on a hill. Americans are workhorses, that’s for sure.
Any other country would laugh at the thought of working 40 or more hours a week. Has America lost the ability to relax and enjoy a glass of wine?
Speaking of alcohol, in many European countries, it takes people hours and hours to finish one pint of beer. In America, many people have downed three beers, plus one or two shots within the first hour of being at a bar.
Stress can certainly take a toll on one’s body and leave it wasted, whether by alcohol or exhaustion.
The best way to cure a case of unwanted stress is to fill your life with pleasure—just not too much pleasure. Finding balance between pleasure and work is a wonderful thing.
Try something this week. Spend one hour doing something just for you. Treat yourself to ice cream, yoga, a hike or anything that may take stress out of work or school. Sometimes the American Dream is not as complicated as it seems.