We do a Q&A with the statistics from the Age UK research.
So how many Brits are worrying?
- 18% of the population always has something on its mind
- 57% chooses not to talk about their concerns
- Of that 57%, 44% think they can cope on their own, which is why they don't talk about their problems
What are they worrying about?
- 49% of the respondents worry most about money
- After that, the worries are health, getting older, stress at work, and weight loss
So why is it better to relax and open up a little?
- Of the 29% who talk about their concerns, 36% feel brighter as a result, and 26% feel relief after talking about their concerns
- Miraculously, eight percent feel the problem goes away once shared
And where on earth did the expression 'a stiff upper lip' come from? *
Despite the fact this expression is almost synonymous with the Brits, the first known use of the expression was in America, in 1815. It was in the Massachusetts Spy: "I kept a stiff upper lip, and bought (a) license to sell my goods."
* This information did not come from the Age UK study. It came from Wikipedia. Of course.