Stress is part of the human make up, and has always been there since we first walked the Earth. It can be good for us in some situations and can give us the enthusiasm to achieve, to be active, to compete, however, when we suffer from the negative kind it can make us ill.
Today modern life is a lot different from the way our forefathers lived. We might have more money, time off from work, etc. but the fact is we have too many things happening at once to allow ourselves to truly relax. We need to find ways to manage our stress effectively, otherwise life is not as much fun as it used to be.
We take our work home with us, the mobile phone and email were supposed to make our life easier, but now we are slaves to them and remain contactable 24/7. Family life has also become more hectic as the availability of modern technology, travel, and many leisure activities creates extra stress as we try to cram more and more into our family life.