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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Value of an Extra Hour

When life gets extremely busy we often find ourselves saying “What I would give for an extra hour today” and with the clocks about to fall back, Canadians will have just that, the luxury of an extra hour.

As we sit back and look at our everyday life we can sometimes forget how quickly 24 hours can pass. When we factor in work, sleep, preparing meals, homework and recreational activities, we really don’t have much time to spare. According to the Standard Life Value of an Hour Survey conducted for Big Brothers Big Sisters, 62% of Canadians are so time-crunched that they think life is simply passing them by.

When we factor in all of life’s needs and then include some time for our wants such as exercise, volunteering, or spending additional time with family and friends, it’s enough to add additional stress to any already stretched out schedule. Interestingly enough, The Standard Life survey also found that 66% of Canadians would most likely volunteer if their personal schedule was less hectic, 33% would strengthen personal relationships by spending time with family and friends, and 17% would focus on their health by exercising.

After reading some of these survey findings how do you compare? Imagine how different the world we live in would be if everyone could free up even a little time each week to help others. Communities and individuals could be transformed for the better.

On November 3rd, 2013 you’ll be given an extra hour, what do you plan to do with it?

Read more of the key findings from The Standard Life Value of an Hour Survey...

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