5 of the Most Generous Countries in the World

The news can be generally depressing regardless of from which part o the world you are listening or reading them. Most times, you have to sift through the noise to find uplifting stories that will restore or reaffirm your faith in humanity. It may seem like not many people care about the hardships and sufferings of others. But nothing can be farther from the truth. People across the globe are stepping up individually or collectively to help in various ways. And if you want more proof on the inherent goodness of people, you do not have to look far than some of the most generous countries in the world according to the Charities Aid Foundation’s World Giving Index rankings for 2016.

1. Myanmar
Myanmar is a classic example that a country’s wealth does not determine generosity. The country may not be one of the richest nations in the world, but its people are the giving kind. People are quite supportive of the country’s monks with many giving them food, money, and other donations regularly. Many of its people also reported donating to charities.

2. United States
Americans have largely remained helpful and giving despite the seemingly election-related divisiveness of the past months. More than 70 percent of poll respondents shared helping out others at some point in the previous year. Many are also involved with various volunteer work or projects.

3. Australia
Many Australians give to charity and organizations like the Red Cross and other international relief aid providers. And an April 29, 2016 article posted on a Generosity online magazine reports that wealthy Australians are more generous than initially thought with many giving a “higher proportion of their income” compared with the rest of the population.

4. New Zealand
New Zealand
The Kiwis are known to be generally more caring of their neighbors that may be partly attributed to its relatively small size as a nation. There is a pervading sense of community that seems to nurture a charitable and giving character.

5. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Giving and volunteerism is embedded in the fabric of Sri Lankan society and culture. It is common to see acts of kindness and helpfulness among its people with many involved in community volunteer projects or events.

The Perks Of Giving Back

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“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll

When you give back, you are not just lending your hand. You are also lending your heart. When you give back, you are not just helping one person. You are also helping other people. When you give back, you are not just pleasing other people. You are also pleasing God. When you give back, you are not just helping other people. You are also helping yourself.

Here are other perks of giving back:

You become more responsible.

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

Being responsible is not just limited to our personal lives and to our work lives. It also involves being responsible for a person’s specific needs. It also involves being responsible for a person’s overall welfare. It’s not something you can limit anytime you want. It’s something you should extend anytime you want.

You become more patient.

“Good things come to those who wait.”

From kids running around to elders shouting everywhere, giving back is one great way for you to become more patient. It’s not about tolerating those kids. It’s not even about stomaching those elders. It’s about patiently seeing them for who they really are: great people who deserve to have better lives.

You will know the real meaning of happiness.

“It’s the little things in life.”

The little things you do for other people? That’s real happiness – the kind of happiness you will feel when they smile broadly, the kind of happiness you will feel when they smile tearfully, and the kind of happiness you will feel when you look at their eyes shining bright.

May the elements of happiness continue to bless you on your quest to rise yourself and to lift others.

Do you know any other perks of giving back? Let us know in the comments section below!

10 Off the Beaten Track Destinations for the Bucket List

Every place has something worth seeing, exploring, and experiencing. But there are destinations in the world that seem to be on top of many travelers’ list. If you are looking for something off the beaten track, here are ten under the radar destinations for the bucket list.

Alacati, Turkey
AlacatiTop attractions: Beautiful Aegean beaches and windsurfing destinations, picturesque streets, outdoor cafes, and the laidback atmosphere

Top attractions: The beaches (Maundays Bay Beach, Meads Bay Beach, Rendezvous Bay Beach, Shoal Bay East, and more), diving spots and marine parks (Dog Island, Little Bay, Prickly Pear, Sandy Island, Seal Island Reef System, Shoal Bay Harbour Reef System, and Stoney Bay Marine Park), Fountain Cavern National Park, Heritage Collection Museum, Island Harbour, Sandy Ground Village, the Valley, and Wallblake House

Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira, Morocco
Top attractions: The fishing market and the fishing port, the music scene including the Gnaoua World Music Festival, Had Dra, the Ramparts, Sidi Mohamad Ben Abdellah Museum, the traditional souk, and the various activities like watersports and horse riding

Hainan, China
Top attractions: Bo’ao, Daxiao Dongtian Scenic Spot, Holiday Beach, Monkey Island, Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone, Tianyahaijiao, the Wenchang coconut trees, Wuzhizhou Island Tourism Zone, Xinglong Tropical Botanical Garden, and Yalong Bay National Resort

Koh Lipe, Thailand
Koh Lipe, Thailand
Top attractions: The beaches (Pattaya Beach, Sunrise Beach or Haad Chao Ley, Sunset Beach or Haad Pramong, and more), Tarutao National Marine Park, the nightlife, water activities

Namibia, Africa
Namibia, Africa
Top attractions: The stunning landscapes and scenery, Namib desert, Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, Alte Feste, Christ Church in Windhoek, Daan Viljoen Game Reserve, Etosha National Park, Fish River Canyon, Heroes’ Acre, National Marine Aquarium of Namibia, Reiterdenkmal monument in Windhoek, Schwerinsburg, Shark Island, Sperrgebiet, Spitzkoppe, Twyfelfontein

Santa Juana, Costa Rica
Santa Juana, Costa Rica
Top attractions: Traditional Tico village, breathtaking natural scenery, palm tree plantations, eco tourism, the Santa Juana Lodge

Schönau am Königsee, Germany
Schönau am Königsee, Germany
Top attractions: Health retreat destinations, Funtensee, Grünstein (Watzmann), Hohes Brett, Jennerbahn, Königssee lake, Mount Jenner, Romy Schneider Ausstellung, Röthbach Waterfall, St. Bartholomew’s Church in Berchtesgaden, traditional restaurants, and the winter sports

Bled Slovenia
Top attractions: Karst Region, Kranjska Gora, Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Ljubljana, Logarska Valley, Maribor, Piran, Predjama Castle, Ptuj, Škocjan Caves, Soča valley, Vogel, the spa resorts, and wineries among others

Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Top attractions: Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs, Chinggis Square, Choijin Lama Temple, Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Hunting Museum, International Intellectual Museum, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Persecution, Mongolian Military Museum, Mongol Costumes Museum, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Mongolian Theatre Museum, Museum of Geology and Mineral Resourses, National Amusement Park, National Museum of Mongolia, Natural History Museum, Sky Resort, State History Museum of Mongolia, Sukhbaatar Square, Tsagaandarium Art Gallery and Museum, Ulaanbaatar City Museum, Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, Zaisan Monument