Connect with us

Merirei Media Group

Self-worth Helps Us Overcome Poverty

Reblog

Self-worth Helps Us Overcome Poverty

For people in poverty, remembering better times — such as past success — improves brain functioning by several IQ points and increases their willingness to seek help from crucial aid services, a new study finds.

The findings suggest that reconnecting the poor with feelings of self-worth reduces the powerful stigma and psychological barriers that make it harder for low-income individuals to make good decisions or access the very assistance services that can help them get back on their feet.[[MORE]]

In reading this article, I couldn’t help but think of how my dad always told me to “know my worth” and “know my local economy.”

By local economy, Papa meant to know what I brought to the table and figure out how to make it work in my surroundings. He meant for me to have ample work experience and a wide array of skills– “…Just in case you’re stuck somewhere and need a job quick.”

I sometimes have this nagging thought in the back of my mind that not enough Palauan [young] women know their worth or their value in the local economy. Anecdotal stories of girls selling themselves for everything from a burger to airtime seems to indicate that they did not have the luxury of a socially progressive father for a wingman.

As my second year in Palau draws to a close, I am both grateful to Papa– and I’m a little irritated with him as well. Here we have the man who taught me about my value as an American-borne, socio-economically low class daughter of Palauans– a tremendous blessing indeed.

But he’s also the same man who taught me that, when facing an issue of social justice, I must always fight my way forward and seek a solution– lest I be considered a part of the problem.

So I suppose I’m now somewhat stuck in Palau until I’ve tried every tactic and strategy imaginable in trying to improve the lot of my respective people.

And if that doesn’t work– I guess I’ll just have to try some more.

[Read more] Self-worth boosts ability to overcome poverty.

Continue Reading
You may also like...
Click to comment

Your reaction

NICE
SAD
FUNNY
OMG
WTF
WOW

React with gif

Share this post on social media

Leave a Reply

More in Reblog

Download for Apple

Download for Android

To Top