Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Upside of Recession?

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So I'm watching the morning news, and there's a little tidbit about how recession tends to make people healthier.

The point was that since people have less money to spend (either because they have lost their jobs, or are holding on to what they have in case the jobs disappear) they are spending time in lieu of money. That gym membership that gets renewed every year and never used? People seem to be working out more. (Maybe to network?) Instead of restaurant meals, more meals at home, and more healthy meals. (Yes, fewer dead animal meals). Nights at the movies? Replaced with evenings with the family playing board games and that lost art of c-o-n-v-e-r-s-a-t-i-o-n.

The lack of disposable income might also lead to fewer dollars being spent on the "bad" things people spend on, like cigarettes, alcohol, and dare I say, drugs.

Maybe you're using your bicycle or your feet instead of your car.

You get the idea. Are you doing any of it? That is, are you finding something good in the current economic downturn?