Have a Nice Day
The common phrase “have a nice day” was not used 100 years ago. Instead, phrases
like “so long”, were used at the end of a conversation. To me, this change was
because expectations have grown in the past century. In 1920, was the first time
someone mentioned this phrase, and coincidently a few years later social
security was born. I may be alone, but to me a pattern of expecting life to be
nice, is the theme of our century. Luckily in the U.S. most people enjoy a
comparatively nice life. Most days are nice when you have air conditioners, and
office jobs, but unfortunately this lifestyle has made some expect more than
people did 100 years ago.
15 years after the first appearance of the nice day phrase, 1935, the U.S.
gained access to social security after retirement. In 1956 social security
disability income was installed as well. Indeed in many ways we were being
assured a nice day for many days to come, but the security in the minds of
citizens has diminished recently
There was a study done recently by metlife.com, called 10th Annual Study of
Employee Benefits Trends. This study talks about employee health insurance and
social security trends. Here are some ways that peoples’ attitudes have changed
since ten years ago, according to the metlife.com study.
1. More people worry about social security
The previous 33% has gone to 52% for people who worry about actually
getting their social security after retirement. The boomer exodus from
the job market increases this fear.
2. The way people deal with money has changed
Compared to ten years ago, people focus more on income than savings.
3. Retirement expectations change
Ten years ago, baby boomers were looking into retiring at age 65 but
they are now not as comfortable and secure as they had hoped they would
4. More employee benefits are given
Ten years ago, benefits were most commonly given to big companies, but
now small companies enjoy benefits as well. Not only are the benefits
more available, but attitudes toward this has changed. The study shows
that people are less committed to their employers but are still highly
dependant on workplace benefits.
People and society are always changing and will continue to change.
In just ten years, attitudes and expectations on life have completely
been redefined. People have been given a lot, so the bar has been
raised. It seems that people will continue to expect more and more as
the years pass. Will we still expect to have a nice day ten years from
now? Time will only tell. What happens in the next ten years is to be
determined and anticipated.