Tuesday, December 17, 2013

You Can't Buy Happiness

12/17/13



"You can't buy happiness," that's a very commonly used quote that not everyone lives by but should like the AMAZING kids. Kids like Ryan from Ryan's Well. Ryan is just a kid like us and he found his happiness just by giving to others. Ryan didn't need just money to build wells to get happiness, all he needed was the time to make a change. When starting a charity, fundraiser, foundation, etc. you wonder which comes first money or time, its the same question asking which came first the chicken or the egg?

Its sad to see that some people are so greedy now a days. Some celebrities and leaders are also greedy with all their money and time that they don't even try to help others, people in classes lower then them still donate money-time. Like Kim Kardashian, Kim has a ton of money and time but she spends most of it on other things. She was once in a charity auction for E-bay for the Philippines Typhoon disaster. She only gave 10% and the charity was to give as much as you can and give at least 50%. She could donate 10% of money but if she's going to do that then she should donate 100% of her time helping.

Why am I rambling on about this? It's because in class this and last week we have been reading the "Christmas Carol" and for the past few weeks we have been talking about Charles Dickens and the child labor. Charles Dickens is an author for may books, he was from the early 1800s and lived in the time when there was child labor. Charles' father had to go to prison for not being able to pay his taxes. So that meant that Charles had to go to work in a factory everyday for full-time hours and making little pay. The conditions of the factory were awful and it was rat-infested and no body would care if he died because he was just another poor child. Charles Dickens wrote the "Christmas Carol" because it was his plead for the poor.

People in my community, including me, donate time to help others. My family and I go to the nursing home to volunteer our time to spend time with the lonely elderly. We play Wii with them, board games, card games, and sometimes we just talk about what life was like back when they were younger. I actually find this time very satisfying because I know that I am giving back time and that I am being generous and not greedy. I like doing this and I would like to do it more often but school and chores get in my way. You can help by just donating an hour of your time maybe at a soup kitchen, nursing home, animal shelter, homeless shelter, etc. You don't have to be rich or poor just to help others and also feel happiness. 




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