The Facts & Numbers:
The world around us is full of problems and we as individuals are not without our faults. We all make mistakes, we all lose hope at times, feel depressed or stressed, give up on goals, and find ourselves lost and unsure what the next day will bring. Whether it be love, family/friends, career/finance, health & wellness, or just personal development, as evident by the facts and statistics below, many of us are dealing with the same issues.
Every issue we deal with can affect other aspects of our lives to varying degrees; If you are like most Americans and hate your job because you don’t make enough money, then you might find yourself not budgeting and living paycheck to paycheck like majority of Americans, and because of that you can’t take your family on a vacation (Vacations ranked #1 by both parents and kids for family happiness), and you and your wife are constantly arguing (number one relationship argument). You then find yourself depressed and stressed (over 40 million Americans are depressed), eating poorly and not taking care of yourself (78 million American adults are obese).
As you can see by that one simple example, we touched on every aspect of a person’s life wheel to varying degrees. You will see below that a lot of the facts and statistics from one category can easily be attributed as a factor to another, in another category. When trying to fix a problem in your life, most will only try and help you with the actual problem like a motivational coach only trying to get you to move forward in your career, never looking at the underlining issues of why you haven’t.
We can’t balance our lives and live a productive life until we learn to look at life problems we face as part of one big wheel and not necessarily standing on its own. And that’s what makes MySchai stand out from the rest, and why we will succeed in helping you become a better you.
Love and Relationships
- The number one relationship argument is about money.
- Women online lie about their weight, physical build, and their age. Men lie about their age, their height, and their income.
- Statistically, women dating online state that they prefer “nice guys” to “bad guys” or a “bit of both.” Men dating online claim they prefer “the modern career girl” over the “next door type.”
- Want to meet someone and start a relationship? Don’t go to a bar. Surveys show that only 2% of men and 9% of women have ever formed a relationship with someone they met at a bar.
- Contrary to what you might expect, big cities are actually worse for meeting someone. Specifically, Los Angeles, New York City, and Miami are bad for meeting people.
- If you date for three months then it’s likely you’ll be dating for four years.
- In a lifetime, you go through approximately a good 396 friends but only around 1 in 12 friendships last.
- A 10-year study by the Centre for Ageing at Flinders University found that a network of friends was more important than close family relatives in prolonging life. People aged over 70 with an extensive network tended to live 22 per cent longer than those with less extensive networks.
- Anthropologist Robin Dunbar has studied the effect that love has on friendship and the results are clear: when a new person enters into your life, he or she displaces two others in your close circle, usually a family member or a friend.
- Not having close confidants or friends can be as detrimental to your health as being overweight or smoking.
- 52 percent of families say more money would make their families happier vs. 48 percent who believe more time together would help family contentment
- 88 percent say a weekly family game night would make their families happier than the 12 percent who’d prefer a new, big-screen TV
- Vacations ranked #1 by both parents and kids as the top activity to generate family happiness while outings to local zoos and museums and playing board/video games together followed closely behind
- Instead of being raised by parents, an increasing number of children in America are being raised by movies, television, and video games. For example, the average young American will spend 10,000 hours playing video games before the age of 21
- Today, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. This is the first time that has ever happened in our history
- Without a father around, many single mothers in this country are really struggling to survive. Sadly, approximately42 percent of all single mothers in the United States are on food stamps
- The United States has the highest divorce rate in the entire world and the highest percentage of one person households.
- 19% have $0 saved to cover emergency expenses; 31% have less than $500 in emergency savings
- 50% said they have to work more than one job to break even, 75% live paycheck to paycheck at least some of the time; 25% do it all the time
- 157 million Americans have credit card debt to pay off, 44 million have student loan debt outstanding, Roughly 63% of American adults carry credit card debt balances, While 17% of Americans carry student loans
- The majority of Americans—52.3%— are unhappy at work, according to a new report by the Conference Board, the New York-based nonprofit research group.
- Just 30% of employees are engaged and inspired at work, according to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace Report, a little more than half of the workers (52%) have a perpetual case of the Mondays — they’re present, but not particularly excited about their job.The remaining 18% are actively disengaged or, as Gallup CEO Jim Clifton put it in the report, “roam the halls spreading discontent.”
- Gallup reports, those actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. up to $550 billion annually in lost productivity.
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population.
- Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44. Depression’s annual toll on U.S. businesses amounts to about $70 billion in medical expenditures, lost productivity and other costs, close to $12 billion in lost workdays each year. Additionally, more than $11 billion in other costs accrue from decreased productivity due to symptoms that sap energy, affect work habits, cause problems with concentration, memory, and decision-making.
- About 15 million American adults have social anxiety disorder, 36 percent of people with social anxiety disorder report symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help, and although they recognize that the fear is excessive and unreasonable, people with social anxiety disorder feel powerless against their anxiety. They are terrified they will humiliate or embarrass themselves.
- Did you know that a staggering 92 percent of people that set New Year’s goals never actually achieve them, approximately 80 percent of people never set goals for themselves? Even more surprising, of the 20 percent of the population that does set goals, roughly 70 percent fail to achieve the goals they have set for themselves
Health and Wellness
- Only one in three children are physically active every day, and nearly one-third of high school students play video or computer games for 3 or more hours on an average school day
- Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day, only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week
- More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, and more than 80% of adolescents do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth
- Typical American diets exceed the recommended intake levels or limits in four categories: calories from solid fats and added sugars; refined grains; sodium; and saturated fat
- Data from 2009-2010 indicates that over 78 million U.S. adults and about 12.5 million (16.9%) children and adolescents are obese.11
- Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all adults (115 million adults) in the United States will be obese, overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults
The End Game:
They say you should always invest in the person and not necessarily just the good idea. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do in life, but I eventually came to the realization that I love people, I love their stories and what makes them who they are, and I genuinely enjoy helping people find their way. It’s so true when they say, “figuring out your passion will lead you to your purpose in life”. I truly believe my passion has done just that. With passion came a purpose, and with purpose, goals were defined, with hard work perseverance and sacrifice my success has no limits. So, fund my passion and allow me to grow and in turn, help others grow along the way.