Some workers say getting pink slip was a blessing

Not everyone who gets laid off from a job is unhappy about it. Four in 10 U.S. workers who have lost their jobs in this recession, or are in a relationship with someone who has, say it was a blessing in disguise, according to a survey by About 39% of people who say they or their spouse or significant other has been laid off since December 2007 found the layoff to be a positive thing. Also, 26% of people said that they expect their layoff to eventually become a blessing.

So what has happened to make these folks view a job layoff in such positive terms? About 27% say that they have found better jobs, 21% said losing their job motivated them to return to school and 16% said they switched to a career they have always wanted to pursue. Some of those career changers are even striking out on their own to test the waters of entrepreneurship.

Of course many of those people were upset and angry when they found out they were out of a job. With the unemployment rate around 9.5%, many people are understandably worried about their chances of finding a new job and managing their household bills after getting the ax. However, once people began to get used to the idea of being without a job, many used their newfound freedom to pursue activities they enjoyed. About 49% of folks polled said they were able to reconnect with family and friends, 36% said they were pursuing personal hobbies and interests and 16% were doing volunteer work.

Many people also reported improvements in how they handle their household, including 62% who said they were learning how to get by with less and 36% who were spending more time developing goals as a family.

"Whether or not you see it coming, finding out that you have been laid off can be difficult, and it can seem like the end of the world," said Shawn Boyer, CEO of "But as this survey bears out, there is often a silver lining. What is important is that you seize the opportunity to make the most of it, and quite frequently, it compels you to make choices you might have been reluctant to make all along."

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