This City Now Has ‘Public Punching Bags’ For Stressed-Out Residents

Each bag has the words "use at your own risk" printed on them.

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I spend a disproportionate amount of my life stressed out of my mind. And I’m not alone. According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans, in particular, are the most stressed-out population in the world, with nearly half (45%) of poll respondents reporting that they feel worried a lot and 22% reporting that they often feel angry.

And while suburbanites and city folk seem to carry about the same amount of stress, previous reports from the American Psychological Association show that those who live in urban areas are less likely to feel as if they’re doing a good job of managing their stress (we can’t all hang out in zero gravity chairs all the time, now can we?). Which is why the latest resource made available to New Yorkers for their health and wellness sounds amazing.

During this year’s New York Design Week, which took place May 10-22, design studio donttakethisthewrongway (dtttww) debuted “Public Punching Bags,” placed on light poles in various sites around Lower Manhattan.