Uncounted millions of the world’s people are suffering from stress.

Millions are worrying they must live under reduced incomes, or lose their jobs, or are sickened by the first world-wide depression in history.

Born in 1934, I remember some of America’s Great Depression (from late 1929 to about 1940.)

It was grim. A penny, a nickle or a dime meant real money then. Kids liked one-penny candy as a treat.

It may get worse for a while this time, but modern improvements figure to solve it far faster than the past.

Just visit the McAllen Memorial Library, where anyone can find more books about stress, and jobs, than you imagine. Most libraries will lend you books free, if you don’t keep them too long, or lose them.

“Stress in the Family: How to Live Through It” by Tim Timmons proved my favorite of the six books about stress that I read last week.

It is worth noting that books produce more good, solid advice than most entertainment does.

Timmons wrote, “Stress is a force which creates upset stomachs, gnawing fear, splitting headaches, intense grief, excessive drinking and violent arguments. Stress dulls our memories, cripples our thinking, weakens our bodies, upsets our plans, stirs up our emotions and reduces our efficiencies.

“But stress also motivates us to study, encourages us to go on when life gets difficult, spurs us to action in the middle of crisis, helps us to mature, and at times makes life exciting.”

Other fine books in the 155-9042 shelves have titles like “Living A Stress Free Life” and “Good Stress: Living Younger.”More good titles are “Stress-Proof Your Life” and “Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backwards.” Of course the libraries throughout South Texas have their own books to offer. This tiny sample here could give better ideas of what a rich book can do to help a student’s grades, and possible jobs of countless people looking for them.

Many other shelves can help anybody, but learning to conquer stress will help nearly everybody if they just find one of the many good books on the subject.