US Leads World in Kindness Plus

by Anne Bennett on April 14, 2011

This kind American may be a poodle and not a human , but have you ever seen a service dog with a coiffure and a bow in her hair? You go, Helper Girl!

It’s official: Americans are a generous people. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, based in Paris, recently completed a study which found that Americans volunteer more time, money and goods to strangers in need than any other people in the world.

In other words, we’re pretty dog-gone nice to those in need. Coming from the French, I’d say that’s a real compliment!

But wait. There’s another facet to the study. (You didn’t think the French were going to leave it at that?) Apparently while we’re busy helping others with one hand, we’re stuffing ourselves with the other. The study also concluded that we’re the fattest people on earth–34% of us are obese–and we are more likely to die prematurely from weight-related disease than people in 29 industrialized countries.

If you’re wondering why two such incongruous findings ended up in the same study, you’re not alone. ┬áConsider the source.

Here’s my take on this study: while we should certainly be concerned with our obesity crisis, I, for one, would rather be fatter and kinder than thinner and meaner.

I may have been wrong when I visited Paris and concluded that the French were unkind. Maybe all those thin, stylish, rude Parisians were just hungry.




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Linda April 15, 2011 at 6:46 am

“…I, for one, would rather be fatter and kinder than thinner and meaner.” I laughed out loud, Anne. That said, you’ve managed to represent the thin and kind model, so keep on keeping on!

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