Of those who’ve had a spouse or significant other lose a job in 2008 or 2009, about 40 percent said they saw it as a blessing, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.
“It’s hard to be optimistic in a tough economy, but those who look for the silver lining are coming out of the experience stronger and happier than ever before,” said Shawn Boyer, chief executive officer of SnagAJob.com, which commissioned the survey.
Once the initial shock subsided, about half said they used the time to reconnect with family and friends. Personal interests or hobbies occupied 36 percent, while 16 percent devoted more time to volunteer work.
The telephone survey of 584 randomly selected adults was conducted April 16 to May 18.