Nov 302015
 

Some people are so poor they can’t even afford to pay attention. ? But jokes aside, this is an important issue. About 15% of Americans, and 10% of Canadians live in poverty. Since each country has its own criteria for defining the poor it wouldn’t be fair to compare the two. However, I have a simple solution to reduce both country’s national poverty rate to effectively 0%. 😀

The Current Problems Around Poverty

North America has an abundance of wealth and there is enough food and other resources today to go around for everyone who lives here. But there are barriers in place that prevent some people from becoming financially literate and a self sustaining part of society.

  • A lack of practical education. 

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Education is the best chance for a poor person to get out of poverty. The current public education system does a great job of testing our memories, but not so much on teaching us how to critically think for ourselves in the real world, especially when it comes to the application of mathematics and financial knowledge.

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Apr 192014
 
Neurological studies have found that people experienced pleasure when they saw money go to charity. When people donate to charity, they receive an emotional boost that is often more rewarding than actually spending money on themselves 🙂
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Shoppers who are easily stressed out during the holiday shopping season should try giving instead of buying, because charitable giving boosts happiness and reduces stress. So the next time we feel down in the dumps, maybe we can turn to giving instead of retail therapy 😉
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The short video below is an interesting social experiment that was done by a non-profit organization. It’s a bit ballsy but I like its revealing message. Warning: Video contains strong language. #nsfw

It speaks a lot aboot society doesn’t it 😕 It’s almost like people don’t really care for the poor. They just want everyone else to think that they care. There will always be hypocrites and posers in the world, but what does it say about our society when the richest among us could easily also be the most empathetic towards the poor? I think it means the world needs more rich people 😛

According to StatCan, Canadians gave $10.6 billion to charitable or non-profit organizations in 2010. Most Canadians do give to charity at least once a year, and women are more likely to make financial donations than men. Western provinces in Canada seem to be the most generous with Alberta, Saskatchewan, and B.C. giving the most per average household. Canadian’s generosity is probably part of the reason that we’re the 6ths happiest nation in the world out of all the OECD countries 😀 So if we want to live a happier life, we should try to be more charitable with our money, time, books, clothing, or anything else really 🙂

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Random Useless Fact: The term “cowlick” was invented in the late 16th century.

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