Gap went for fairer pay even though the rest of the country wasn't really doing it? Cool.
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Because companies in America just plain aren't required by law to pay employees more than minimum wage, many just plain don't. These companies take advantage of the situation, and while their corporate profits go up, employee pay does not.

Recently, Gap joined some other great companies like Costco, Whole Foods, and In-N-Out Burger in voluntarily raising wages for their employees. Unlike some other large retailers, these companies don't want their employees' wages subsidized by the government.


WAIT — WHAAAAT? Yeah, that's right, big companies that don't pay their employees a decent rate are essentially setting up those employees to rely on welfare to make up the difference. (McDonald's and Walmart employees are on welfare BIG TIME, BTW.)

Try thinking of it this way: When companies pay their employees more, they are unburdening our nation's debt. Following that logic, if all companies paid their employees a higher hourly rate, the United States would have less debt and happier people. You go, Gap.

If you're interested in why and how Gap raised their minimum wage, you can read up on that here and here, but I've summarized some of the best points below:

  1. When the minimum wage is raised, it gives people more money to spend. That equals increased demand for goods, which equals more demand for jobs.
  2. When the minimum wage is raised, companies (like Gap) can retain staff longer, which actually brings costs down. Training new people can get expensive when you have to do it a lot! Plus, they get to keep working with amazing people. Those amazing people get more job satisfaction.
  3. When the minimum wage is raised, employees work harder and are happier. Everyone wins.
  4. And who knows? Gap's story might inspire other companies to step up, too. If you're interested in what is considered a living wage in your town, you can find out here.

Here's a bit more about why Upworthy thinks this particular thing Gap is doing is really worth highlighting: CLICK HERE.

If you think it's a step in the right direction, there're little sharey guys right down there. It's up to you. I would be just as excited if you did a happy dance for fairer pay, too.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic socially distanced the world and pushed off the 2020 Olympics, we knew the games weren't going to be the same. The fact that they're even happening this year is a miracle, but without spectators and the usual hustle and bustle surrounding the events, it definitely feels different.

But it's not just the games themselves that have changed. The coverage of the Olympics has changed as well, including the unexpected addition of un-expert, uncensored commentary from comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Snoop Dogg on NBC's Peacock.

In the topsy-turvy world we're currently living in, it's both a refreshing and hilarious addition to the Olympic lineup.

Just watch this clip of them narrating an equestrian event. (Language warning if you've got kiddos nearby. The first video is bleeped, but the others aren't.)

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