With so many depressing numbers thrown at us on a daily basis during this global COVID-19 pandemic, I thought I would share some positive and encouraging statistics, gleaned from my own personal household research. After reading, I think you’ll agree there are many potential opportunities for optimism, if only you know how to crunch the numbers. Enjoy.
Quantitative and qualitative research data taken from Robert and Laurel Fay household.
Dates of study 3/14/2020-3/26/2020.
Method of study: observation and experiential participation and exposure.
Five subjects: 2 adults, one male, one female, in their 40s (ahem); two 14½ year-old females (fraternal twins); one 4½ year old female.
Data results thus far:
• 78% reduction in levels of frizz noticeable in adult female’s hair, due to ability to dry hair on time-consuming warm setting rather than hot rush-rush-rush setting.
• 99.3% reduction in demonstration of tardiness by adult female subject.
• 333% increase in family together time, resulting in 56% more conflict but also 81% faster conflict resolution, so included here as an overall net positive.
• Same 333% increase in family together time also resulting in 93% more laughter shared between two or more family members.
• 99% reduction in spending on and utilization of gasoline-specific fossil fuels; also 100% increase in interior cleanliness of said vehicles.
• 100% reduction in fast-food consumption, resulting in 0.9582% weight reduction for adult female thus far (adult female subject remains optimistic).
• Although there has been a 93% decrease in ability to physically experience nature, this reduction has directly led to an 88% increase in appreciation of its beauty.
• 85% increase in laundry initiation and 67% increase in laundry completion, resulting in 42% increase in folding behaviors observed in adolescent female subjects.
• 54% increase in positive sibling play between adolescent females and youngest female, directly resulting in 89% decrease in parental stress levels and 100% increase in parental appreciation.
• 96% reduction in germ levels specific to doorknobs, light switches, and refrigerator door handles.
• 76% increase in canned food supply, resulting in 100% organizational improvement of food pantry and one kitchen cabinet (adult female subject remains optimistic).
• 87% increase in family mealtime quorum, resulting in 49% more frequent communication, majority of which is recorded as positive.
• Statistically significant increases in gratitude levels, varying by family member and situational factors, but still recorded here as overall net positive.
I hope this data report leaves you with some hope that you, too, can experience a reduction in hair frizz levels amidst this dark and challenging time. Stay well and stay positive!