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Feel Good Friday: What would you do with an extra $500 a month?

Last year we brought you the story of Michael Tubbs, the mayor of Stockton, California. He is the first ever African-American and the youngest mayor to be elected in the city's history. At the beginning of his term he promised to roll out some progressive policies, one of his most talked about policies was a $500 guaranteed income supplement to people living on a low income. This experiment started in February and the results are being collected. Not surprisingly the extra $500 a month has had a big impact! The article states that “With this extra $500, the most valuable thing that people are buying is time. Time to parent, time to rest, time to be part of a community and time to figure out the next move.” If you want to read more about the results, check out the Guardian.

In my opinion, having enough time is really important and can support positive mental health. It’s wonderful that Mayor Tubb’s experiment is making a positive difference in people’s lives. I hope that more communities develop similar programs. Keep up the great work Mayor Tubbs!

The idea of Feel Good Fridays started because we believe the simple things that bring a smile to our face, are some of the best things. Smiling and laughing has been proven to reduce stress in our lives! When we smile or laugh it releases neurotransmitters in our brain called endorphins, which are in charge of making us happy and helping to relieve stress.

Remember to check back for next week’s Feel Good Friday!