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Things to be Thankful For

All too often, we associate the month of November only with turkeys, parades and eating ourselves sick. While all of these may be valid representations of this time of year, we tend to overlook the true theme of Thanksgiving: giving thanks. Over time, we grow so accustomed to our lives that it’s easy to take for granted the things we have without even realizing it. The season of Thanksgiving brings with it a special opportunity to take a step back from our everyday lives and truly appreciate how fortunate we are. This Thanksgiving season, take a few moments to be grateful for what you’ve got, because you’ve got a lot.

This Thanksgiving season, take a few moments to be grateful for what you’ve got, because you’ve got a lot.

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Global food and water statistics
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Global homeless population statistics
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Global living expense statistics
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Global electricity and internet statistics

If you attend or have attended primary school, you are in the top 98% of the global population. (Source: globalpartnership.org)

If you have a place to call home, you are in the top 86% of the world of the world's wealthy. (Source: share-international.org)

If you have access to medical care, you are among the world's top 85%.  (Source: dosomething.org)

If you have food to eat and safe, clean water to drink, you are in the top 83% of the world. (Source: water.org)

If you have access to electricity, you are in the top 75% of the world. (Source: dosomething.org)

If you live on more than $2.50 per day, you are in the richest 58% of the world. (Source:globalissues.org)

If you are reading this, you are in the top 45% of the global population with access to the internet. (Source: internetworldstats.com) 

If you made $1,500 last year, you are in the top 20% of the world's earners, and if you earn more than $25,000 per year, you are in the top 10%. (Source: rememberthepoor.org)

If you have some money saved, a hobby that requires any equipment or supplies, clothes in your closet, two cars (in any condition), and live in your own home, you are in the top 5% of the world’s wealthy. (Source: rememberthepoor.org)

If you earn more than 50,000 per year, you are among the richest 1% in the world. (Source: rememberthepoor.org)

What are you thankful for?

Let us know in the comments.

Ashley Aulbach

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