Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bad Economy, Better People?

Maybe. Even though the experts say the recession is over, a lot of people are still reeling from it. It’s kind of hard to call it a positive experience, but there have been a few good things to come out of the bad economy. Here are a few examples, courtesy of Hearst Publishing.
  • Having the courage to change. Dr. Stephanie Smith works for the American Psychological Association. She says when people are laid off, they take time to reassess their lives and priorities. The result: A lot of people are changing careers, starting their own companies, and going back to school. When the economy takes a dive, community college enrollment and graduate school applications tend to go up, too.
  • Another good thing from a bad economy: better body image. When our wallets feel empty, the full-figured woman comes back into fashion. Why? Experts say that when times are good, there’s a desire to have a sleek and strictly-controlled physique, but as resources become more scarce, people begin to prefer bodies with comforting curves, and start focusing on staying healthy.
  • The final good thing to come out of a bad economy: A sense of community. Losing your job is one of the most traumatic things a family can go through, but knowing you’ve got plenty of shoulders to lean on makes it a little bit better. In the best-case scenario, you, your friends and family will band together to share food, child-care responsibilities, and carpool rides, increasing your togetherness and support.

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