Canadian Couple Prove That You Can’t Buy Happiness

Lovely story this from off the BBC News website

Canadian couple give away millions in lottery winnings

A Canadian couple who won $10.9m (£6.7m) in lottery winnings in July say they have given away $10.2m of the prize to groups in their community.

Allen and Violet Large said they were plain country folks who needed no more than “what we’ve got”.

The two said they had donated about 98% of the cash after helping their family.

The elderly pair gave the money to churches, fire departments, cemeteries, the Red Cross and hospitals, where Ms Large has undergone cancer treatment.

“We haven’t bought one thing. That’s because there is nothing that we need,” Mr Large, 75, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mr Large, a retired welder from Canada’s Nova Scotia province, added that he and his wife were quite content with their 147-year-old home and everything else they already owned.

“You can’t buy happiness,” he said.

Who says there are no contented and simple living human beings in today’s world which is mostly pervaded with superficiality and materialism?

I’m just wondering, would you have done the same?


  1. Jason, this is fabulous. Three cheers to Mr & Mrs. Large who are indeed large in their understanding of what truly matters in life

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    Yes, NP, so refreshing to hear this noble example that we all should follow. But I’m afraid the younger generation are currently being brought up with the wrong values by a decadent society that we now live in – hence the exceptional amount of discontentment and acquisitiveness we now find affecting the majority of the population.