Here’s an authoritative estimate of what most people worry about:
- Things that never happen: 40 percent. Meaning that 40 percent of what you worry about won’t come to pass.
- Things that are over and done with: 30 percent.
- Idle worries about your health: 12 percent.
- Petty, random worries: 10 percent.
- Real worries: 8 percent. That means 92 percent of your worries are groundless.
— Adapted from “The Fog of Worry (Only 8% of Worries Are Worth It),” Earl Nightingale, AdvantEdge.