The media typically frames wealth in terms of the list of richest moguls, or features on the world’s most expensive homes -- a kind of status fixation that’s guaranteed to inspire envy and skew one’s perspective.
Researchers have long suggested that the moeny alone doesn’t buy happiness, many enjoy prosperity in ways we take for granted.
Here’s a quiz to remind yourself of the abundance you enjoy. If you answer “yes” to more than half of these questions, you’re among the global well-to-do, and you have plenty to be grateful for.
Are you planning a dinner today? More than 1 billion people -- nearly a sixth of the world’s population -- are faced with chronic hunger.
Can you turn on the faucet to fill the water glasses for dinner, and be confident that clean water comes out of the tap? According to the World Bank, 1.2 billion people lack access to a reliable water source that is reasonably protected from contamination.
Are the kids at school? More than 70 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not enrolled in school in 2005, according to a United Nations Report.
If your kids get injured playing, would they have access to basic medical care? More than 10 million children die each year in the developing world, the vast majority from causes that could be prevented by good care, nutrition, and medical treatment, according to the World Health Organization.
Are you able to enjoy your home country, free from persecution? In 2009, roughly 400,000 people will apply for asylum in 44 developed countries to escape war or persecution related to race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group, according to the United Nations.
There are more than 10.5 million refugees who have been displaced or sought haven in another country, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Do you have a bachelor’s degree? Just one in four Americans ages 25 and older has attained a bachelor’s degree, according to the Census Bureau. Average annual earnings for someone with a four-year degree were $46,805.
Over an adult’s working life, people with bachelor’s degrees earn an average of $2.1 million, compared with $1.2 million for high school graduates. Now that’s something to be grateful for -- and a sure-fire way to boost happiness.