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What Are the Seven Blessings of the Unemployed?

So you haven't worked for a while, and things have not been easy.   However, despite the negatives there are many positives or blessings to be grateful for.   Here are seven reasons to be happy:

 

  • With limited funds you are forced to prioritize your entire life.  How?  Realistically, with less money your budget will eliminate your "wants" and keep your "needs."  You now can focus on the more important things in your life.
  • You have much more time to spend with your family; you also have a lot more time for yourself to meditate and process life's changes.  You may want to set some new goals.
  • Consider new ways to entertain your family and friends.  Instead of going on expensive excursions, have family night with friends.  Game night together with some popcorn can be great fun.
  • Extra time to volunteer.  Taking your mind off of your problems and looking to see what you can do to help others is another source of happiness.  There is More Happiness in Giving Than There Is In Receiving--Volunteer at a woman's shelter, animal shelter, or whatever cause moves you.  Just do it.  This may be the single most positive change in your life.
  • Eat less meat and more vegetables and fruit.  Many health experts agree that less red meat is the way to go for a healthier you.  This should also fit into your budget quite nicely.
  • Exercise and fresh air should be your daily routine.  No more crammed days leaves you time to get out and either walk, run, or bike.  Perhaps all three once you get your second wind!
  • Time to take up that hobby you always wanted to do.  If it's too expensive, pick a new one.  I personally like to write poetry--it cost nothing but a pencil and paper.
So here are seven great reasons to be happy.  Less money can actually equal  a better quality of life.  Isn't that what we all want?

It May Be Time to Look At Part-Time Positions

At this point in time, many unemployed have tried everything to land a full-time job. Sadly, for millions of people it just hasn't happened. At this point, you may need to change gears. It's time to look at the part-time positions available for you.

Actually due to the economy, many companies are favoring part-time work. Here are a few of the part-time positions I have seen advertised in the newspaper, posted on job sites on the internet, or heard about by word-of-mouth:

  • Cashiering - CVS Drugstore and Blockbuster (Check Local Stores)
  • Green Jobs - Check With the Unemployment Agency in Your Area (Gulf Area Especially)
  • Sales Agents - Department Stores Within Malls Especially During Holiday or Busy Seasons
  • Cleaning - Personally Ask Business Owners If They Need Someone to Clean For Them
    (Don't Forget to Check Local Requirements for Licensing If You Work For Yourself)
  • Craigslist.org - Posts a Variety of Part-Time Positions (Check All Drop-Downs)
These are just a few ideas. Remember, there is no reason why you can't juggle two part-time jobs! Good fortune to you.

Job Seekers Be Flexible--Not Foolish

It's been a few few weeks since I have posted.  However, as you already know, the unemployment rate has slightly dropped.  For most Americans that's a  glimmer of hope on the horizon.  So with that glimmer in mind, millions continue to plug ahead with great persistence and flexibility hoping to land a job.  In some cases any job.

Yes, the key word here is flexibility.  We must assess our past experience, abilities, and potential to learn new things.  Looking at the job market from this aspect opens up a larger window of opportunity.  As that window opens and we peer deeper inside though, we need to be careful the window doesn't slam shut on us.  What do I mean?  This--as job seekers
willing to exercise flexibility, we must not be foolish. Taking any job may not be the answer.   Please read my article Job Seekers Be Flexible--Not Foolish before delving into a new job.  Trust me, when you go against all your natural inclinations, it doesn't work.  Let me know how you like the article.