Jimmy Valvano in his last speech before he passed away said, "There are three things we should do everyday. We should do these things everyday of our lives. Number one is laugh. We should laugh ever day. Number two is think. We should spend some time in thought. Number three is to have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But if you think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you are going to have something special."
I am sharing this video with you today because this video allowed me to laugh, think, and got my emotions going in less than three minutes. It's one of the most impacting videos I've ever seen, and it really spoke to me about how to look at life differently.
My father recently went to a dollar store and saw a woman from the Salvation Army asking for donations. He asked her why she doesn't go solicit in front of Whole Foods or a store that attracts more affluent customers. She responded saying that it's the poorer or low income people that give more. I was intrigued to find out why.
After reading a book called Super Freakonmics, it analyzed how people give based on a game called "Dictator."
In one study, a classic psychological set-up called the Dictator Game in which respondents are given $10 and then asked how much they would like to donate to a stranger, researchers have found that individuals making less than $15,000 a year give away $7 on average. In comparison, high earners upwards of $200,000 or $250,000 only give away about $2 or $3.
The conclusion ultimately comes down to how sensitive people are the feelings of others. If you are low income to middle class, perhaps you know the struggle and hardship that accompanies having a limited supply of money. Having this type of mentality, you can see why richer individuals would be less inclined to want to give away much of their money. However, this is a mere observation versus a a rule of society. For example according to Forbes, in total dollars given, wealthy Americans still give more in absolute terms.
But the main take away is this: be sympathetic to the needs and desires of others. Without a compassionate mindset from each person, it will be hard for dramatic change to take place in society. But this doesn't start with other people. It starts with an internal desire to see the difference within yourself. And from internal change, you'll begin to see the change externally.
Change your thoughts, and you change your world. Change your thoughts to that of kindness, and you change the world of other people.