We often take the luxuries and comforts of our life for granted, forgetting that many of our fellow human beings are living a life where even the basic necessities are hard to come by. Simple things in life that we ignore and are never thankful for, like clean drinking water and a cozy home, are luxuries in other parts of the world.
This Apegeo article would like to draw your attention to those people who might not be as fortunate as you in a few areas of their life.
1. A loving family
We might have felt irritated or even unloved as a kid when our parents tried to discipline us or teach us good manners. But we should be thankful to them for all of their love and untiring efforts in trying to raise us as responsible citizens.
Before you think that having a loving family is a right, remember that more than 150 million children worldwide are orphans who didn’t get the love and care, as a child, that we received.
2. A comfy home
In today’s fast-paced world, we sometimes forget the importance of having a roof above our heads and the comfort of dozing off in a warm cozy bed.
But this is not something we should take for granted. According to a Yale University study, more than 150 million people are forced to spend the night without a home and 1.6 billion people worldwide lack adequate housing. Estimates suggest that the problem of homelessness is only going to get worse in the future.
3. Clean drinking water and electricity
For a lot of us, getting drinkable water might be as simple as opening the faucet. And because of this, we don’t care much about how much water we just waste.
The same goes for electricity and the internet. They have become such an essential part of our lives it’s hard to imagine that in the past, they did not even exist.
One out of every 3 people don’t have access to clean water. And it is estimated that by 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. The story about electricity is no better, with one out of every 6 people living without electricity. Our simple acts like using water wisely and switching off the lights when we are not using them can go a long way in bettering their lives.
4. Hot running water
A large part of the human population lives without access to safe water. For these folks, getting enough safe water is a struggle, let alone showering in clean, warm water.
More than 800 million of our fellow human beings have to travel and stand in line for at least 30 minutes to access safe supplies, despite the huge amount of effort being put into making safe water accessible to all.
5. Clean air
No one should be denied clean air to breathe. But our race for prosperity is steadily making the air unfit for breathing. Some countries, that have stricter laws, have been able to control air pollution, while people in countries with more relaxed laws are forced to wear masks outside and use air purifiers at home.
According to the WHO, 92% of the world population lives in areas with unhealthy air quality and it is responsible for one out of every 8 deaths worldwide. So, if you are lucky enough to be among the 8% with access to clean air, you should be thankful for it and strive very hard to keep it that way.