A study on stress

The TK (Techniker Krankenkasse) calls its stress study, which was carried out in 2016, „Relax in Germany“. It found that stress-related incapacity to work has increased over the last 15 years. Of the 15 days of absence per capita, 2.5 days were due to psychological complaints such as depression, anxiety and stress disorders.

Always under power

The stress is increasing. In 2016, 23 percent of respondents said they were stressed frequently and 38 percent said they were sometimes stressed. By contrast, in 2013, 20 per cent were still frequently stressed and 37 per cent sometimes. For respondents who must always be reachable at work, the figures rise to 36 percent frequently and 40 percent sometimes stressed.

Digitization is a strong driver of stress. The young generation in particular is strongly exposed to the stimuli of the modern world and must learn to deal with them. If they do not filter the unlimited possibilities, they will suffer instead of profiting1.

Worked off and family missed out

More than 40 percent of under 40-year-olds believe that the family gets a raw deal because of their job2.

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„Those who work hard often suffer from not being able to be there enough for the family. More flexible offers are needed to relieve families as much as possible, and a corporate culture that values employees who want to do a lot for their careers and their families“1.

52 percent of those surveyed who state that reconciling family and career is a problem feel exhausted. 19 percent of them often suffer from a depressed mood3. This group is subject to above-average stress.

Where does happiness come from?

Respondents with children are more likely to be very happy than respondents without children. People in a relationship are also more likely to be very happy than singles4.

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Family and friends are at the top of the list of stress relievers. It also shows that a partner who acts as a corrective and balancing agent has less to do with psychological complaints3.

Happiness makes you healthy

Happiness and satisfaction have a positive effect on health5. We live in a society in which basic needs such as food, education and housing are satisfied. According to the study, we look for values such as self-realization, happiness and contentment beyond consumption. People pay attention to sustainability, solidarity, fair consumption, slow food, deceleration and do-it-yourself.

„We observe that the consciousness, when it comes to soul suffering, increases more and more“ says Elisabeth Thomas (DAK Doctor).


  1. TK-Stressstudie 2016, S. 54 Abruf 13.01.2019
  2. TK-Stressstudie 2016, S. 27 Abruf 13.01.2019
  3. TK-Stressstudie 2016, S. 51 Abruf 13.01.2019
  4. TK-Stressstudie 2016, S. 43 Abruf 13.01.2019
  5. TK-Stressstudie 2016, S. 42 Abruf 13.01.2019

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