by Duane Bristow

The Top fears of 2015 reported in a survey of Americans were:

Below are the things which they actually should fear:

Physical problems such as aging, disease, disability, accidents, pain and death.

Mental problems such as mental illness, social rejection, bullying, ridicule, loneliness, divorce or a feeling of failure.

Social problems such as violence in society, crime, war and terrorism.

Threats of nature such as flood, fire, storm, heat, cold, earthquakes volcanoes, asteroids, etc. There can also be threats to one's environment usually caused by other people, so that one does not have a suitable place to live including clean air, food, and water.

Loss of freedom such as being imprisoned or fined or enslaved or dominated or spied on by others.

Economic problems such as loss of jobs, poverty and homelessness.


In general happiness follows if one lives in an environment he likes doing work he likes among family and co-workers and friends he likes and if he is in good physical and mental health and feels he is secure in his person and in his future. It is best if he feels he has time to do the things he enjoys and needs to do and feels useful to and respected by others and has self respect. If he enjoys living and has fun and a good sense of humor and feels a sense of control in his life and feels his life has meaning, then he will probably be happy or contented in his life.

Unhappiness is caused by the loss or the fear of loss of the things that one needs or treasures; the things that one is attached to.

These would include the loss of:

Acceptance and Awareness:

Accept that what is is and what will be will be. Be not afraid. You cannot change the past and you cannot know the future. You can only live in the present, so go ahead and do that. Revel in life and the fact that you have consciousness of existence. Be very aware of that and the world around you.

Take precautions against real threats but don't let fear define your life. Particularly, do not let others define your fears. They are lying to you to sustain their own agenda, not because they have your best interests at heart. They scream, "The sky is falling and we're all going to die." So what? Maybe the sky is falling, but probably not. As for the fact that we're all going to die. Didn't you already know that? And if you haven't already accepted that fact then do so now and forget it. It is more important to live in the present than to fear the future.

Causes of death:

The top 10 causes as classified by the CDC are “diseases of heart” (heart disease), “malignant neoplasms” (cancer), “chronic lower respiratory diseases” (respiratory diseases), “cerebrovascular diseases” (stroke), “accidents,” “Alzheimer's disease,” “diabetes mellitus” (diabetes), “influenza and pneumonia,” “nephritis, ...Jun 3, 2014

Deaths annually due to:

  1. Heart disease: 611,105
  2. Cancer: 584,881
  3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
  4. Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
  5. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
  6. Alzheimer's disease: 84,767
  7. Diabetes: 75,578
  8. Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
  9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 47,112
  10. Intentional self-harm (suicide): 41,149


Illnesses like cancer, heart attack or diabetes cause the majority of long- term disabilities. Back pain, injuries, and arthritis are also significant causes.

Your odds of becoming disabled before you retire are about 1 in 3. Conditions that cause people to miss work include:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Back pain
  3. Heart disease
  4. Cancer
  5. Depression
  6. Diabetes

Causes of accidents:

Common reasons for doctor visits:


In the U.S. for 2010, there were 31,513 deaths from firearms, distributed as follows by mode of death: Suicide 19,308; Homicide 11,015; Accident 600. This makes firearms injuries one of the top ten causes of death in the U.S. The number of firearms-related injuries in the U.S., both fatal and non-fatal, increased through 1993, declined to 1999, and has remained relatively constant since. However, firearms injuries remain a leading cause of death in the U.S., particularly among youth The number of non-fatal injuries is considerable-- over 200,000 per year in the U.S. Many of these injuries require hospitalization and trauma care.

In the US 5% of the people in the world own 40% of the guns and account for 80% of the firearm homicides in the 23 highest income countries in the world. In the US about 60% of homicides involve firearms, the highest rate in the world. For every American killed by terrorists in the U.S. and around the world, more than 1,000 were killed by firearms in the United States. This includes homicide, accident, and suicide. In 2015 in the United States more people were killed by guns than by car crashes.


The most common reasons people give for their divorce are lack of commitment, too much arguing, infidelity, marrying too young, unrealistic expectations, lack of equality in the relationship, lack of preparation for marriage, and abuse.

Prison: (also loss of freedom)

The United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation's prisons or jails -- a 500% increase over the past thirty years.

In October 2013, the incarceration rate of the United States of America was the highest in the world, at 716 per 100,000 of the national population.

Job loss or wage loss due to:


104 million people — a third of the population — have annual incomes below twice the poverty line, less than $38,000 for a family of three.

Main Causes of poverty:

Causes of homelessness:

The vast majority of these have been thrust into homelessness by a life altering event or series of events that were unexpected and unplanned for. Contrary to the belief that homelessness is primarily the result of major traumatic events or physical and mental disabilities, there are many top causes of homelessness in America.

Homelessness is, in fact, caused by tragic life occurrences like the loss of loved ones, job loss, domestic violence, divorce and family disputes. Other impairments such as depression, untreated mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical disabilities are also responsible for a large portion of the homeless. Many factors push people into living on the street. Acknowledging these can help facilitate the end of homelessness in America.

For those living in poverty or close to the poverty line, an "everyday" life issue that may be manageable for individuals with a higher income can be the final factor in placing them on the street. A broken down vehicle, a lack of vehicle insurance, or even unpaid tickets might be just enough to render someone homeless.

Divorce costs and the associated lowering of a family's total income can cause one or more family members to become homeless. For families that can hardly pay their bills, a serious illness or disabling accident may deplete their funds and push them out onto the street. Today, the rapid, unexpected loss of jobs and resultant foreclosures has caused great dislocation among families and has dramatically added to the number of people without a roof over their heads.

Natural disasters often cause current housing situations to become untenable and costly repairs are often simply not possible. The results of Hurricane Katrina stand in bleak testimony to the power of nature to displace people.

Causes of homelessness:

Rejection, Ridicule, Loneliness:

Social rejection and bullying by family, friends, fellow workers, romantic interests.

Although humans are social beings, some level of rejection is an inevitable part of life. Nevertheless, rejection can become a problem when it is prolonged or consistent, when the relationship is important, or when the individual is highly sensitive to rejection. Rejection by an entire group of people can have especially negative effects, particularly when it results in social isolation.

A feeling of failure:

Failure can be a lot of things; realizing you don’t live your life the way you wanted to, not succeeding in your plans, finding yourself helpless, or in the worst cases even hitting rock-bottom physically, mentally, socially or economically.