The fourth of July is here, so we’re giving you a few (more) reasons to celebrate. Sometimes we all need a little reminder of why we’re so lucky to live in the land of the free. Don your red, white, and blue (and maybe even grab a brew) to show your American pride!
1. Raise your standards. So you may not have a millionaire’s salary or the luxurious penthouse you’ve been lusting after, but you live pretty darn well. Okay, you may be shaking your head looking around your tiny studio apartment, but trust us; the average Joe’s standard of living in the US is much higher than in other nations around the world. For instance, minimum wage is much higher in the United States than it is elsewhere, so even your entry-level job enables you to have a little more spending cash. Luckily you don’t have to blow your whole salary on necessities, either; people in America spend less on food than in any other country, making it easier for us to eat well on the cheap.
2. Up, up, and away. We are all familiar with the “American Dream,” and have heard of someone who started with very little and is now a CEO or business mogul. In fact, over half of the Americans on the Forbes 400 “rich list” are rags-to-riches stories. How’s that for inspiration? Here in the US, upward mobility is not only possible, but plausible, too. And because unemployment is such a hot topic, it’s important to remember than the US unemployment rate is down to 7.6% compared to Spain’s 26.8%. There’s something to celebrate.
3. Freedom of speech. Thanks to our first amendment, you can say, type, or shout just about anything you want here in the good ‘ol USA. Got an opinion? Tweet about it! We don’t have to worry about strict Internet restrictions, like the ones in China; we are blessed with freedom of the press. So exercise your right and stand up for what you believe in.
4. The power of technology. Contrary to what some people might think, America is one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world today. Not only do we have incredibly advanced medical and scientific technology, but we are home to some of the world’s most powerful tech companies, like Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. And we don’t just use technology at our day jobs, either; we are constantly connected to our family and friends through social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Vine. Not to mention, the US has the most readily-available Wi-Fi compared to other nations.
5. Startup central. So you want to start your own business? America is definitely the place to be. The White House recently launched a program called “Startup America“ that encourages entrepreneurs in their developments. Because entrepreneurs are practically the rock stars of the 21st century, we love that our government is promoting the growth and development of young companies.