17 Things Americans Are Absolutely Fed up With Hearing Over and Over Again

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By Darryl Henderson

Over the years, Americans have heard all sorts of advice and tips on how to live their lives. Naturally, they grow tired of repeatedly hearing various life advice and tips. Here are 17 things Americans are absolutely fed up with hearing on repeat.

“Just Work Harder”

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Americans are tired of hearing oversimplified advice in the complex job market. Nowadays, there is an emphasis on hustle culture even in the face of burnout. Forbes suggests that hustle culture puts work at the center of life which leads workers to prioritize work over their mental health.

“You Need to Smile More”

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There are times when Americans don’t want to smile, especially if they are stressed or struggling with their mental health. When they’re told to smile more, they may become frustrated with these unsolicited comments on personal expression as they want the right to act how they please.

“Why Don’t You Just Move?”

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The last thing Americans want to hear when they’re frustrated with their current situation is to move to a different country or region. They may express annoyance at the suggestion to relocate for better opportunities, especially because it shows a lot of naivety and ignorance on the listeners’ part.

“You’ll Change Your Mind”

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Many Americans do not want to be patronized about their own decisions or life choices. Despite being firm in their stance about something, when they’re told they will change their minds, they may become irritated by assumptions about their future decisions.

“It’s Just Politics, Don’t Take It Personally”

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Politics is a sensitive topic in many countries as different people have varying political beliefs. Americans with a keen interest in politics are frustrated when someone dismisses the impact of political decisions on their personal life as they feel strongly about their political beliefs.

“You Look Tired”

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In any culture, commenting on someone’s appearance, especially if it’s negative, is perceived as rude. Americans in particular, will become annoyed at constant remarks directed towards them about their appearance, especially if they actually are tired and don’t want other people to notice.

“You Should Go on a Diet”

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Americans are fed up with unsolicited health advice, so much so that Business Insider reports that ‘Intuitive eating’ is on the rise, with experts saying it’s because people are fed up with diet culture. Americans would rather shut down dieting culture as they are slowly realizing it is toxic. 

“Just Relax”

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Telling someone to relax comes across as incredibly patronizing. For Americans, this advice makes them irritated as it is unwarranted and oversimplified. They’re already in control of how to manage stress and anxiety and don’t need to be guided by others posing as being helpful.

“Money Can’t Buy Happiness”

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This phrase angers many Americans as they grow tired of hearing clichés about wealth and well-being. While it may be true that money can’t buy you happiness as BBC states, a part of the reason for that might be that money itself distracts us from what we really enjoy.

“You’re Overreacting”

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No American person wants to hear that they are overreacting or acting irrationally. They may be annoyed when someone invalidates their emotional responses to situations as they feel entitled to react in any way they please, regardless of other people’s judgments.

“You’ll Find Love When You Least Expect It”

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Love advice irritates many Americans, especially if it comes from someone who has a partner. It implies that their only worth rests on finding a significant other and that their achievements don’t matter because they’re not in a relationship.

“When Are You Having Kids?”

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It’s irritating to constantly be questioned about family planning, especially if you’re American. The New York Times reveals that many people don’t want to have kids as they prioritize more leisure time and personal freedom. Therefore, they don’t appreciate the pressure to go against their personal desires.

“You’ll Get Over It”

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One of the worst things to tell an American is to “get over it.” This demonstrates a sheer lack of emotional support and Americans are tired of being told to quickly move on from difficult experiences, especially if they haven’t yet processed it.

“It’s Just a Phase”

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No one likes to be told that their personality, beliefs or the way they dress is “just a phase”, especially Americans. They may express discontent if someone says this as they do not cope well with dismissive attitudes toward their identity and growth.

“You’re Too Sensitive”

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American people are becoming more accepting of self-expression and opening up about their emotions. When they’re told that they are too sensitive, they see it as being criticized for emotional sensitivity when they are being vulnerable.

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

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We all have the right to go through periods of unhappiness and insecurity. This is no different for Americans who will become vexed if they are on the receiving end of people issuing oversimplified and unsolicited advice for managing life’s challenges and personal battles.

“You Should Be Grateful”

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Gratefulness is something that we should express often but not constantly. Americans who are grateful for their life and their privileges will not react well when they are told to be grateful. They will feel offended by this pressure to always express gratitude, even in difficult circumstances.