I came across an interesting website recently called Global Rich List where you can type in your annual income (in a variety of currencies) and find out approximately, just how “rich” you are in comparison to the rest of the world.
The website is a simple but effective reminder of how little it actually takes to inhabit the top 10% of the world’s richest. If you make enough to live under a roof, to have enough food every day, and to buy small extraneous luxuries once and a while, you’ll be surprised by your spot on the Global Rich List.
Of course, the list deals only with the economic indicators of wealth, thereby ignoring other important factors to a person’s standard of living, including access to healthcare, a strong community, and clean environment. (In fact, if you google “happiest people in the world” it’s the citizens of Nigeria that come out on top).
But the list is a powerful reminder for ordinary citizens of affluent countries, when you realize the very idea of “traveling for pleasure” is beyond the grasp of the vast majority of the world.
And if the excuse “if only I had more money…” is holding you back from what you really want to do in life, then the Global Rich List reveals just how little you need to actually be happy.
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