So, we read in the papers that Utah is the most depressed state in the nation.
And we're all running around like this is new.
The running joke for years has been that Utah County is called Happy Valley because there's Prozac in the drinking water. That joked stemmed from a report many years ago that said that Utah County leads the nation in prescriptions for Prozac.
Whether that's true or not is beside the point.
The fact is, we deal with some unique issues in this state. And in this, I'm blaming Mormons.
Not the Church, but some members of it. Actually, most members of it, in Utah at least.
You see, we tend to have this real keeping-up with the Joneses mentality. We see this perfect little family on the pew in front of us in Sacrament meeting, and we wonder why our family isn't like that. Or, we see the happily-married newlyweds off in the corner of the Chapel, and we're upset that we're not that happy.
But we forget that we are seeing the best 3 hours of the week for these people, and not the rest of the week, where things go equally wrong for Sister Perfect as they do for the rest of us.
Or we see Brother K buy a sailboat, and you want a sailboat. Who cares if you can't afford the sailboat, prefect families buy sailboats. So, you go into further debt to buy yourself a sailboat. This puts further strain on your family budget, and further strain on you family as well.