NEW YORK — There’s no question 2020 has been a rough year for many people. A new survey finds eight in 10 Americans are desperate to hear some positive news before the year ends.
The study asked 2,000 people about ways they’ve coped with the stress of 2020 and COVID-19. The results find 75 percent said the constant stream of bad news has taken a toll. Seven in 10 respondents have made it a priority to do something positive every day as quarantine continues.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Vitamin Angels ahead of Giving Tuesday, the survey reveals the top goal for those polled is just to make at least one person smile every day. Another 34 percent are trying to make someone laugh daily as well as make it a priority to share positive news with their loved ones.
When respondents need some cheering up themselves, their recipe is turning on their favorite movie (46%) and eating their favorite snack (43%). Forty-three percent of respondents also go for a walk, four in 10 call a friend and 38 percent snuggle up with their pet.
One in four also shared they sing in the shower for a pick-me-up while 19 percent even have a solo dance party to get in better spirits. Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed also shared they’re donating to local charities to foster positivity and 28 percent are finding a safe way to volunteer.
Nearly six in 10 Americans say the difficulties of 2020 and COVID-19 has led them to give back to their community even more. Two in three (66%) agree that their communities are closer than ever. Despite the stress of COVID life, 78 percent of respondents agree the pandemic has made it more important than ever to give back to their local communities.
In fact, 42 percent of the poll have increased their donations to charities during COVID-19. For those who have donated to charities this year, they’ve donated to an average of four charities, making donations of $36.47 a month.
Half of those polled are also donating to charities that are currently addressing COVID-19. Nearly all of those Americans (87%) said they’re more likely to support causes that are specifically helping women and children impacted by the pandemic.
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