Here is my biggest problem with American life. We Americans confuse standard of living with quality of life. To put it more clearly, we have this puritan work ethic that forces us to work longer hours, take fewer vacations and generally work our selves into an early grave just so we can afford a bigger TV than the Jones down the street. I am just as guilty of this as anyone else, but I don’t like it. If you want to see why so many of us are stressed, hate our jobs and hate our lives, there is the reason right there.