In honor of tax week, when ordinary people are understandably preoccupied with questions of income, expenses, charitable deductions and the general unfairness of it all – I shared this question with facebook fans last week:
Are you richer or poorer than you thought?
I wondered how many of us would know, without looking it up, which minimum income would propel a family into the top 25% of American households:
$100,000? $80,000? $200,000. Most of you knew the answer – a mere $80k puts you in the top quarter of households.
In case you were wondering, the US Census data show that in 2006 the median income was $49,000 – meaning if your family income was $50k, you were in the wealthier half of the country. At $65k, you’re in the top 33%. I don’t know that many folks with that income who actually think of themselves as rich – but there it is. Income of $100,000 put your household in the top 15% — and if the household income is $200k or more, you’re in the top 3%.
But here’s the reason I’m writing, today. I’d like to share a way that those of us lucky enough to live in a properous land can share the wealth with others – no matter how we measure up in terms of income. Anyone with an internet connection can donate without spending a penny!
All you have to do is click on one website daily. No purchase necessary. Set your sites toward: www.thehungersite.com (and you just might want to make it your home page).
The Hunger Site allows you to click once daily, and for each click it donates a cup of food via Mercy Corps and Millennium Promise worldwide, and through Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest) to food banks throughout the United States.
The Hunger Site swears that 100% of sponsor advertising fees goes to their charitable partners.
Since its founding in 1999, more than 328 million visitors have clicked to give more than 25,000 metric tons of food (that’s more than 447 million cups of food!) to the world’s hungry via a simple and free daily click.
The site also hooks you up with daily donations to other organizations: You can click for Breaast Cancer and Literacy charities, among other.
If you feel even richer than you thought you were, you can do a little shopping at The Hunger Site store. Many of their products are Fair Trade – some are perfect for your inner Hippie.
As a hypnotherapist, I help people find different ways to feel better about themselves. Sometimes that means realizing that they’re pretty decent people inside and let go of negative self –talk. But sometimes the easiest way to feel like you’re a good person is just to do something generous.
Happy Tax Day! And if you enjoy feeling good, share the wealth with our new SHARE button below.