6. A good education
While education is the most important way people around the world have to empower themselves, it is not easily accessible to everyone, and more so if you are a girl. As UNICEF points out: Education is one of the most critical areas of empowerment for women.
More than 72 million children who are primary education aged, are not in school, and over 750 million adults are illiterate worldwide, according to Humanium, an international child sponsorship NGO.
7. The company of friends
We all have close friends, or so we think. But nothing could be farther from the truth.
However unbelievable it might sound, a study found that one in every 10 people in the UK don’t have even a single close friend. This study also found that 19% of people never or rarely felt loved, in the 2 weeks before the survey. This situation is even more dire in Japan, where 35.4% of men claimed that they did not have a close friend.
8. The ability to celebrate
We love celebrating. However we often look for big events to celebrate and while we are waiting, we overlook the many smaller opportunities to celebrate. But whether you celebrate smaller events or big events, you should still be thankful that you can celebrate. Not many people in the world have the freedom to celebrate.
According to data released by the Global Slavery Index, today more than 45 million people are trapped in some form of slavery and many more are vulnerable and at risk of falling into it. According to the foundation’s founder, the number of people trapped in slavery is increasing every year.
9. Clothes and shoes
Walking on the beach without footwear might seem refreshing or even romantic while you are on vacation, but imagine having to do it every day and in scorching temperatures, or on gravel and rocks. That certainly doesn’t sound interesting.
Access to good clothes and footwear might not seem like a hassle for many among us, but for the larger part of the population that has to work hard for even the basic necessities in life, buying new clothes might seem like a dream.
According to World Bank data, about 750 million people live under extreme poverty, surviving on less than $1.90 a day.
10. A healthy life and medical care
If you and your family members have a relatively healthy life or have access to affordable and good medical care, you should consider yourself lucky and be grateful for it.
According to a World Bank and WHO joint report, at least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services. And for the lucky ones who can afford some form of health care, the costs are so high that it pushes almost 100 million people into extreme poverty (having to survive for under $1.90 a day).
What are the other things in life that we should be grateful for, but often miss even acknowledging?
Illustrated by Anastasiya Pavlova