Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. DRE#00998262

The coronavirus pandemic and its many restrictions have changed the way we live and work. Some things, like plexiglass barriers and more frequent handwashing, will likely stay with us for a while. But changing the way we work and shop, and having to spend more time at home, hasn’t all been terrible. In some ways, it has helped to make many of us more aware, more creative, and more generous.

Now, as life gets back to relatively normal, psychologists pinpoint at least 10 pandemic habits that are well worth maintaining:

  • Staying Connected – Video chats and more time at home make it easier and more compelling to stay in touch with faraway friends and relatives.
  • Enjoying Simple Pleasures – Families spending more time together have rediscovered the pleasures of board games, jigsaw puzzles, and books.
  • Learning Online – The easy availability of online classes makes it easy to learn new crafts, take master classes, improve skills, enjoy armchair travel, and more.
  • Appreciating the Garden –Digging in the soil, planting and nurturing, even eating home-grown veggies is a newfound source of pride and accomplishment for many.
  • Getting Into the Dough – How many Americans have found great satisfaction in watching the dough rise and baking bread for appreciative friends and family!
  • Decluttering and Donating – It’s always a good time to opt for simplicity, declutter our closets and living space, and donate to local charities. 
  • Leaving Cheerful Messages – What an unexpected joy it is, when walking the neighborhood, to find painted rocks or chalk messages wishing all a happy day.
  • Checking on Neighbors – Checking in with elderly neighbors to be sure they are okay or if they need anything from the store is a caring and practical habit.
  • Tipping Generously – Awareness that low-wage delivery people and others accept risk in order to serve us has inspired us to be more generous.
  • Supporting Local Businesses – Knowing that many small business owners have struggled to keep the doors open has moved many to eat and shop at local stores and restaurants.


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Comments (10)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ann, great list of items most of us have adopted over the last 1.5 years.   I definitely tip more, thinking less are dining out.

Dec 30, 2021 10:50 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Ann and thanks for sharing this great blog with us today in the Rain.  Make it a great day!

Dec 30, 2021 02:50 PM
Pattie Zanders
Bennett Realty Solutions - Greenbelt, MD

I agree.

Dec 30, 2021 07:15 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Ann Nguyen ,

Great post with some positive vibes on habits we have been cultivating over the last 2 years and worth continuing.

Dec 30, 2021 07:19 PM
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Indeed. I'm cleaning out Dropbox files...(declutter) 

Simple Pleasures - Serenity Pond 

Learning On-line....UGH...I like the actual classroom

The Garden -- that's Serenity Pond again! 

And yes...I've changed my tipping habits, unless it's obvious they could care less if they give good service....

Dec 30, 2021 07:54 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

I have stated many times that the pandemic will force / create many positive personal and business changes

Dec 30, 2021 11:38 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2021 08:16 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I'm shocked you don't have more comments on this post.  ALL OF US can identify with the changes 'we've experienced.  Couldn't agree more.  I've definitely been tipping more and appreciating people more.  i relish in seeing my friends and our get togethers that are filled with smiles and hugs!  Happy New Year! 

Jan 01, 2022 11:23 AM
Greg Mona
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Hello, Ann. Great post and a wonderful reminder to continue to employ some of the good habits these past almost 2 years have taught us (hopefully, anyway!). I, for one, do appreciate the little things so much more, and have learned to cut folks more slack, as everybody has their "stuff" they are going through.


Here's to a great 2022 ahead!


P.S. - Did you write this post from a snow cave?! I read where Lake Tahoe received over 17 FEET of snow in the month of December!

Jan 01, 2022 02:22 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I was reading today how some people have focused on treating service employees with more respect and tipping generously since the pandemic.  That is a welcome change that should be permanent--too many adults acting like children now if they don't get everything exactly as they want it when they want it!

Jan 02, 2022 09:26 AM