Nearly six in 10 Americans plan to do ‘carpe diem,’ in Latin, to seize the day, their new mantra after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey.
The survey asked 2,000 Americans about the impact COVID-19 had on their lives and what lessons they have learned. It found that 68% plan to come out of quarantine as new people. In fact, seven out of 10 respondents plan to live to their fullest every day after the pandemic.
Carried out by OnePoll on behalf of Life Happens, a non-profit organization Educating consumers about the importance of life insurance, the survey found that 71% of respondents value the little things in life more than ever because of the past year.
Some of the ‘small wins’ Americans are looking for right now include talking more with their families (45%), speaking their minds more sincerely (43%), and taking more vacation time when it’s safe to do so (42%) .
Four in 10 respondents also shared that they plan to be more confident and creatively express themselves as part of this small profit revolution.
However, this is not to say that respondents are not focusing on the big decisions in life during this time, as three-quarters of respondents said that it is important for them to get their finances in order in 2021.
In fact, achieving financial security is the most important milestone Americans must achieve for the second year in a row (38% in 2021 compared to 36% in 2020).
Faisa Stafford, President and CEO of Life Happens said, “Traditional milestones and perspectives in life have changed, leading many to reassess what is important in life and their relationships. For many, last year he emphasized that there is no better financial security for loved ones than life insurance, and our survey shows that more than a quarter (29%) consider getting life insurance as a ‘little act of love ‘”.
Another important milestone for Americans includes being debt-free, up 8% compared to last year’s survey (26% in 2021 compared to 18% in 2020).
Year-on-year results also showed that two milestones in particular are less important in 2021: the first is marriage (11% less) and achieving a successful career (5% less).
This is most likely due to the pandemic, as 58% of respondents said that this has dramatically changed the milestones they would like to achieve in life.
When it comes to reasons to avoid talking about finances during the pandemic, both men (31%) and women (37%) agreed that arguing with their partner / spouse over money was the main reason for choosing to avoid the topic.
THE BEST ‘SMALL EARNINGS’ PEOPLE ARE HUNTED DURING THE PANDEMIC
See / talk to their families more – 45%
They express what they think with greater sincerity – 43%
Take more vacation time when it’s safe: 42%
Be more confident: 41%
Express themselves creatively – 41%
Take better care of your mental health – 31%
Don’t cancel plans in the future: 26%
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