Don't worry about it!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace NV License # 56750

A study done by Dr. Walter Calvert, funded by the National Science Foundation, revealed some startling statistics about human beings and worry. Here's what he found:

  • 30% of our worries are about events in the past
  • 40% of the things we worry about never happen
  • 12% of our worries are unfounded health concerns
  • 10% of our worries are over minor and trivial issues
  • Only 8% of our worries are real, legitimate issues

What can we take from this study? Don't dwell on the past, it's over. Don't agonize over the future. Just live in the present, and focus all of your energy, talent, commitment and compassion on the moment. And know that wherever you are at any given moment in time, it is all part of a larger, universal plan.

As they say in The Lion King, "Hakuna Matata!"
(a Swahili phrase that literally means "There are no worries.")


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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
I agree with you 100 percent John. The one advantage to maturity is learning how to deal with that lol. My favorite phrase (from a Canadian friend of mine) is 'no worries.'  Not that I'm perfect at avoiding it but... lol My trainer, Jackie Levenworth said something that stuck with me from four years ago: is it a tragedy or an inconvenience. It puts things into perspective.
Dec 28, 2006 02:20 PM #1
Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

What me worry?  (who was that guy on MAD magazine?)


Dec 28, 2006 03:05 PM #2
Nima Rezvan CT Lender CT Senior Mortgage Broker
Nima Rezvan Prosper First Funding Corporation NMLS#110681 - Fairfield, CT
First Time Home Buyer Expert - CT FHA Loans - FHA

John:  wow, what a great blog. 

Kristal: hahahahahahaaa.. you did not just mention MAD MAGAZINE! wow!

Dec 28, 2006 03:08 PM #3
Ken Horst
MLS Maps, Agentopolis, Tweet Me Homes - Minneapolis, MN
I like the saying "nothing is good nor bad but thinking makes it so"  I have learned to manage my thinking and most of my worries have gone away.
Dec 28, 2006 03:13 PM #4
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Carole - With age comes wisdom, and the experience to see things in the right perspective.

Kristal - Mad's 'mascot' was Alfred E. Neuman. Wikipedia says he first appeared on the cover in January, 1955. How's the snow up there tonight?

Nima - Thanks for the compliment. It's an honor to have ActiveRain's #1 and #2 back-to-back in the comments!

Ken - That's the first time I've seen someone quote Shakespeare on ActiveRain. You're right - we can either think and find a solution, or worry and get nowhere.

Dec 28, 2006 03:41 PM #5
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

Most people worry because of a lack of information.  Knowledge IS power.

Dec 28, 2006 11:49 PM #6
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Chris - Good point. Really understanding a situation is a key to acting effectively.
Dec 29, 2006 02:22 AM #7
John Rogers
Century 21 APD - El Paso, TX
I think this is very close when I think about it. About half the stuff I worry about is in my haed and never happen.
Dec 29, 2006 04:32 AM #8
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Pssst...It's us. Happy New To You...Sorry we think it sounds better without the Year. SVW.

Last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. "T.S. Eliot"

From Broker Bryant and The Lovely Wife...Wishing You a Good New. ROAR!

P.S. Life does not "move forward" when you worry. Worrying about anything is an exercise in futility and changes nothing in your life. :)

Dec 30, 2006 12:44 PM #9
Gina Dougherty
Fusion Design Consulting - Redondo Beach, CA
Home Staging Redondo Beach, CA-
John, I love this post, those are eye-opening stats!  Sometimes I feel like I am wasting time if I'm not worrying about something- you know, finding THE solution to some problem or other.  These stats put it in perspective that I need to relax on the worrying.  
Jan 05, 2007 06:03 AM #10
Laura Monroe
Inman News - San Francisco, CA
Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media
I ditto Gina on this one~ I will bookmark those stas for when I start to worry!
Jan 05, 2007 12:51 PM #11
Israel Gonzalez

Great information, about this study , good to know, I'm throwing my worries!!.


Jul 10, 2010 05:03 PM #12
Rob C.

Hey John, what's the original, primary source for this study by Walter Calvert? I want to read about it in more detail but can't find any citations of the primary source online. Can you help?

Nov 01, 2018 01:31 PM #13
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