One Nation Under Worry | Marianne Cooper, Ph.D.

August 4, 2014 7:31 PM

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One Nation Under Worry | Marianne Cooper, Ph.D.

Despite having assets that total over a million dollars, Paul Mah, a technology executive, feels anxious about his financial future. "We are probably in the top 1 percent of all American households... So I can't complain," he told me. "[But] I still don't feel rich." Only accumulating millions more will allow him to completely relax.

Laura Delgado, a struggling single mother of three who works as a cashier, has zero savings, but in many ways is less concerned. Unlike Mah, she has stopped hoping for more. "Having nothing isn't always a bad thing," she said, reminding herself that things could always be worse. To cope with her fin...

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