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Even cloud of pandemic has a silver lining

Scott Robert Shaw

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Living amid the pandemic has been like living under a dark cloud. It seems ominous and threatening. But apparently it is true that every dark cloud has a silver lining. A survey in Britain takes a look at how people are spending their time during the coronavirus lockdown, and people are doing some pretty impressive things to cope. Or at least they are finding good ways to keep busy. The survey finds that 43% say they have “changed their lives for the better” as they look for ways to occupy their time. All this time inside has led some to change their lives for the better, and they plan to continue their new routines even after the pandemic ends. We have learned new computer skills (Thanks Zoom) we have picked up new hobbies and gone for long walks. We are reading more, and binging TV shows we haven’t watched, or even those we have. Some are taking part in online fitness classes or catching up, virtually, with old friends. We have hugged our family harder, at least those within our six foot circle. We are learning new ways to relax, and this survey finds that we are also getting more sleep, a schedule many intend to keep once they return to their routines. One day this dark cloud will lift, and for many, they will be a better person when it does.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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