Every now and then, we need to focus on the positive effects of the otherwise terrible coronavirus pandemic, for the sake of our sanity. Reddit users are no different, judging by a popular recent thread started by “GrootTheTree” asking people to share the positive effects that quarantine has had on their otherwise stressful and lonely lives.
Despite how it might seem some days, there are plenty of examples to be found. Some are little things, such as finding time for hobbies or tackling long-procrastinated projects in the home. Others have found that not having to work, or simply having more time due to the lack of a commute, has allowed them to improve their personal relationships and work on their mental health, or even address physical illnesses that have festered for years due to work hours conflicting with doctor office hours.
Some have found so much benefit from the changes in their lives that they feel bad about it, but perhaps it’s simply a hint that the old ways of work weren’t working for us. Some are even saving so much gas and lunch money that they’re paying off debts and building savings, or are getting paid more in unemployment than they made working.
People have quit smoking and made huge steps in recovering from eating disorders, adding years onto their lives. Maybe universal basic income is a good idea?
Anyway, here are some of our favorite examples: