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Finding the Positive in Uncertain Times

I am doing something different in this post. There will be no financial education or money topics. Instead, I want to speak to you as a human who, like you, is trying to remain positive as the world faces an enemy we’ve never seen before. We are getting inundated with news on the COVID-19 pandemic. With statistics on the number of infections, deaths, job losses, business closures, unemployment claims, the disappointing news seems overwhelming and endless.

While it’s okay to tune in every so often to stay updated, the influx of bad news can weigh heavily on our souls and ultimately induce stress and anxiety. Instead, let's look at some of the positives coming out of this pandemic.

1. We are spending more time with our families.

Okay, depending on your family, this could be a positive or negative (ha ha), but let’s focus on the positives. Spouses who once worked long hours at the office or rarely saw their children are reconnecting and catching up on what is happening in each other’s lives. Families are doing everything from recreating a Disney ride to taking long walks and posting silly videos for laughs.

2. We are cleaning up the environment.

I live in Southern California and believe me, I can tell the air is MUCH cleaner! The lack of commuters, airplanes, Ubers, and the like have cut down significantly on carbon emissions. So, go ahead and open that window (unless you live in a really cold place). Sorry, Minnesota, you may have to wait a bit.

3. We are rediscovering the outdoors.

Speaking of opening the windows, many are heading outside to play catch, take a walk, play basketball, or a variety of other activities. It’s refreshing, healthy, and just makes you feel good!

4. We are getting healthy.

Not only are we getting creative with workouts now that fitness centers are closed, but we are eating at home more often. Why is this good? We know what goes into our food at home. Plus, it’s cheaper than going out. Okay, one money mention. Sorry.

5. We are re-evaluating our goals and ambitions.

Losing a job is devastating, but perhaps there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Some folks are taking time to decide whether or not that job or career was for them. Many talk about starting a new business and maybe now is that opportunity to put together a business plan. Groupon, for example, launched during the Great Recession of 2008.

6. We are learning new skills and picking up hobbies.

If you are not used to working from home, it can be a big adjustment trying to figure out the whole work/life balance thing. Many are taking the time to catch up on continuing education, taking an online class, or even trying something new. Cross-stitch anyone?

I hope this leaves you with a warm feeling knowing that not everything is bad news. I have listed several positive observations I have made during this chaotic time and I encourage you to remain optimistic as well. Perhaps you can think of more than what I've listed here? Add a comment below and share the love.

We are a strong species and will certainly get through this if we all come together. Stay safe, stay healthy, and take care of each other. Oh, and remember to change the channel.

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