According to experts, technology, greater traffic congestion and increased time pressures have dramatically changed the nature of stress.
"Previous generations were more stressed about putting food on the table and illness of children," the Daily Telegraph quoted psychologist and author Dr Sarah Edelman, as saying.
"Affluence has reduced certain types of stress but brought on new ones. We have a lot more demands - people are trying to do more in less and less time," the expert added.
Stress management coach Simon Davie, from corporate training company Sliding Doors, said waiting and not being heard or understood were the biggest stress triggers.
"The more people have to wait, the more impatient they get, part of their brain gets hijacked and suddenly they snap," he said.