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Some times there is a bright side to tough economic times. Tough times can bring out nice things in people.

1. If someone percieves that their job is on the block, they tend to work a little harder and a little smarter.

2. It gives some companies an opportunity to weed out the useless and hire quality people to replace them.

3. People tend to be more neighborly and socialize more. People take advantage of cheap or free entertainment. Local free concerts and gatherings are seeing an uptick around here.

4. Lowes is empty on Sunday.

5. People barter services. I've always liked that and when there is plenty of money around, bartering isn't as prevalent.

6. People are a little more grateful for what they have and spend a little more time at home.

Add some positive items to the list if you want.
 

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You tend to step back out of the whirlwind of consumerism, and thing about what your needs are vs your wants. Many people learn that they can be happy with less.
 

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Spending more time at home.

Going to the library to get movies and books for free.

People not complaining about their jobs.
 

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Families tend to do better, divorce rates fall
Families get closer - as games/cards become more prevelant
People get personal again - finally look up from their im long enough to communicate verbally
Survival satisfaction - a very positive experience, it is was why many depression raised people - never discovered consumerism. Even though some of them did financially really well.
 

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That's because they can't afford the legal fees anymore.;)

I don't know if it's just that - but the idea of instant gratification changes - certainly people stop to think more before spllitting (and I don't just think because of the legal fees)

Yes I know you were tongue in cheek :p
 
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