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Are Women Actually Higher Risk Takers Than Men?

Research has shown that men, in general, are higher risk-takers than women.  It’s believed that women’s behavior is taught, not inherited.

To decide if women are more reluctant to risk than men, researchers studied over 500 children from 2 different ethnic groups in Yunnan Province in China.

Children from the Han community are brought up in a traditional patriarchal community while the Mosuo are the only matrilineal ethnic minority group that is raised with opposing normalities from the Han.

In Mosuo, the grandmothers are the head of the household with women making all decisions.  They are on a much higher level or equal to men.  Children are raised in their homes with their mothers, her brothers,  sisters, and their maternal granduncles, while fathers are excluded.

Studies have shown that when children mingle in school, they are exposed to someone else’s culture. At first, each group showed opposing gender norms.  Girls from Mosuo were greater risk-takers than the boys.  The longer Mosuo children mingled with Han students, the more Mosuo girls became reluctant in taking chances.  Over time, they fell behind boys in the same group by the age of 11.

Brave Girls!

Another study was conducted in Yongning Township involving four elementary schools consisting of grade one to grade five with 10 to 30 students in each class and each grade.  Mosuo students made up 40% of the group.  185 students were studied in 2015 and 167 in 2016.

Participants took part in a lottery to test their level of risk-taking.  In general, Han girls were more risk reluctant than the boys but Mosuo girls were less risk reluctant than the boys.  The study further showed that in the first grade, Mosuo girls were quite brave at taking risks over boys, but this changed as they started getting older.  However, this same pattern did not exist in the Han girls because the girls, through all levels of school, were more risk reluctant than Han boys.

The study suggests that becoming more risk reluctant at one given age is not due to their genetics.

The associate professor at the University of Houston’s Department of Economics, Elaine M. Liu, said that many studies will find women are more risk reluctant than men but this study shows that the gender gap in attitudes toward risks among children is influenced by culture and social environments and may not be an inherited trait.

While, in the beginning, children’s risk behaviors usually follow those of their parents, when they enter school, their behaviors seem to reflect that of their fellow classmates.  Therefore, their social environment seems to be an important factor for affecting children’s risk levels.

Exploring risk reluctance could provide valuable information about why men and women opt for different careers, and why women end up with a gender pay gap.

Professor Liu said the study was limited because researchers did not know if behavioral changes were permanent or if children would revert back to their parents’ normal state once they finished school and moved back to their villages.  That said, other studies did not address other behaviors that are associated with gender norms including competitiveness.

Professor Cordelia Fine at the University of Melbourn was not involved in these studies but believed the given studies should be regarded as provisional until replicated including age, grade, and peers.  She further said, the common assumption is the tasks tap into some kind of stable property of risk reluctance in some,  but research finds different tasks are supposed to be eliciting risk preferences which yield different results.

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Man “Leaves” the World a Better Place

In a world where most people don’t give the environment a second thought, Jadav Payeng has made bettering the world his mission in life.  Jadav has committed himself to improve his island’s ecosystem every day.  Because of Jadav, his island has turned from a near-wasteland to a tropical paradise.

A Teen’s Observation

At age 16, Jadav decided that he needed to plant a new tree every day along the coast of Majuli Island. His decision was based on a sad observation.

Jadav witnessed a group of snakes who had been killed after being swept along the Brahmaputra River. It wasn’t the journey that had killed the reptiles, it was the fact that they had no shade once they washed ashore. The snakes had died in the scorching sun. It didn’t take long for Payeng to realize that the snakes’ fate could easily be shared by humans on the island.  He vowed to plant a tree every day.

His accomplishment is amazing.  The coast is now home to a lush, thriving forest.

Tropical Paradise

A Payeng grew, he became a vegetable farmer with the same unwavering dedication to plant his trees daily.  His desire was to keep the island healthy and safe for everyone, and everything, on it. His dream soon became a lush forest.

His mission has never wavered during the past 40 years and his accomplishment spread farther than he dreamed.  China’s sandy landscape took root with seeds carried along the river.  Closer to home, Majuli’s forested area grew larger than Central Park.

Grateful Ecosystem

By the year 2000, Payeng’s Mulay Forest was home to many of Majuli Island’s native species, including Bengal tigers, elephants, rhinos, monkeys, and the snakes that were behind the entire project.

Paying continues to plant his trees in the forest, unconcerned with his safety now that the wildlife has claimed the forest as their own.  He claims he never feels threatened because the forest is his biggest home, and he still wakes early every day to visit his forest.

Majuli’s native islanders have reaped the benefits of Payeng’s lofty vision.  Because of his forest, the inner island has been kept safe from floods.  The forest provides herbs and foods to feed the island’s population. And through it all, the Mulay Forest is a beautiful reminder of how even one man can make a difference in his own world.

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Man Saves Life By Watching The Office

A guy from Arizona was in a situation where he had to try out life lessons which he learned from watching The Office. This life lesson came from an unlikely source – a fictional character – Michael Scott.

The very real Chris Scott rushed in to save the day when he saw a driver slam herself on her car’s steering wheel. The 21-year-old rushed over to the car, then broke the car’s window in order to get the woman out. This woman was on the verge of losing her life, as her lips were already turning blue.

Stain’ Alive

And with no pre-knowledge in first aid, Cross remembered one episode in The Office where Michael Scott administered CPR to a dummy with Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive playing in the background. According to various sources, at 103-beats per minute, the number one song from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is assumed to be the correct tempo for carrying out chest compressions.

After about a minute, Cross’s lessons from The Office made a huge impact, the woman began to breathe again, after which she threw up and was taken to the hospital where she regained her health.

Cross explained too, that he was still unaware of the correct way to administer CPR, but the lessons from the show helped him maintain the right tempo.

In Cross’s very words: “I still have no idea how to do CPR – all The Office gave me was a song tempo to go to.” In spite of Cross’s inexperience with first aid, and according to paramedics, there is a great chance that the woman – Claire as identified by local media – would have been in a rather hopeless situation if Cross didn’t step in.

Cross went on to give a shout out to two other women who did their bit in saving Claire’s life by calling 911.

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Life Changing: Airport Cleaner Finds Gold In Trash Can

While nobody really enjoys the art of rifling through the bin, we’ve all been there. Looking for that lost receipt, that missing $100 or that sweater you loved but your partner hated, we’ve all done it.

One aspect of being a cleaner that most of us don’t fully appreciate, though, is that cleaners often need to rake through bins that could be filled with who knows what. It’s a dangerous task, and can put a lot of cleaning staff at risk.

Sometimes, though, they find something pretty extraordinary stashed in the trash. Take this incredible story from Incheon International Airport, South Korea.

The cleaner was in the process of emptying out the bins in the trash, where he found a ridiculous $325,000 worth of gold in the bin! He informed authorities at the airport, that 7kg of gold are just sitting there. It’s likely that the gold was ditched to avoid customs control, and that it belonged to men from Hong Kong. With no tax imposed on gold purchase in HK, it would make sense. Gold is often smuggled into Japan via South Korea and has become a common crime in the nation for some time.

If the gold will be found to have no part to play in a criminal case, then it could become the property of the cleaner who found it. If the owner of the gold does not come forward, which would seem brazen if it is illegally connected, then the cleaner gets to keep it all!

It’s part of the “finder’s law” in South Korea, meaning that he gets to keep it if nobody comes forward. Better than just sitting dormant somewhere, right?

Even if it is claimed, though, he could still get a whopping $65,000 from the discovery, since you are entitled to 5-20% of the market value of the gold bars due to finding it. It’s all rather crazy, but I wouldn’t mind a six-figure finding like this!

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The Most Inspiring Model. A Legless Model

For the last few years, the world has grown used to seeing people from challenging backgrounds to overcome it. These kind of stories are great feel-good stories and show us the true limits of the human body amid adversity. One story that recently broke into the mainstream, though, was one of the most impressive stories I’ve ever read about.

Modeling jobs are, by far and away, one of the most particular jobs that you could ever have. People have such hideously specific requests for modeling jobs that if you are anything other than their own version of “Perfect” then you are in a bit of trouble. So, when the story broke that a model without legs was bucking the trend and really making a name for herself, people took notice.

Kanya Amberlee Sesser, 25, was born in Thailand and abandoned. She has no legs, and was born that way. Now the LA resident is anything but abandoned: she’s one of the most popular names in the modeling industry. Describing herself as ‘uniquely different’ rather than anything disparaging like being disabled, she’s become a bit of an icon on the modeling circuit with good reason.

Found on a grassy field as a baby, she was discovered and taken in. They found that baby Kanya had no legs, albeit without any sign of physical damage or surgical removal. So, as far as we know, she was born this way: there’s no official documentation to say otherwise.
An Inspirational Figure

You go, girl!

She has an amazing perspective on the world and life in general, telling UNILAD in a fantastic interview that: “I honestly don’t use the term ‘disabled’, more like uniquely different. Disabled to me seems like a word which prevents you being what you are.

I can still move and walk on hands. Being born with what you don’t have and having to go through life challenges you in your own ways.
I was born without legs so I have to make my life in my own way – out of my own perspective through the reality.”

It’s an amazing part of the experience that she has gone through, her ability to just see it as part of her life. Despite the world being full of aggressive bullies and people who could make her life a misery she’s achieved greatness throughout her life and has become an inspiration to many.

While she has suffered from the ignorance and poor judgment of others, its’ never stopped her from being who she wants to be. A very lively and energizing people, she’s managed to create a fun and engaging lifestyle for herself that’s not held back whatsoever by her condition.

Having worked towards being a model since age 15, she’s made huge progress and now has reached a point where she’s a major influencer and a popular personality. Yet she does not see it being something that she wants to do all her life or as her main income source, instead preferring to be a motivational speaker.
What a person! If you ever need help in finding that ‘just do it’ perspective in life, then someone like Kanya might be the perfect person to do just that with!

For the last few years, the world has grown used to seeing people from challenging backgrounds to overcome it. These kind of stories are great feel-good stories and show us the true limits of the human body amid adversity. One story that recently broke into...