Sure, you've gained 20 pounds, and your kid will never learn math now. But a new study found that all the time we spent in lockdown last year might have actually been GOOD for our mental health overall.
A study in the journal "Frontiers in Psychology" found that the positives of being isolated so much last year outweighed the negatives. For example, we picked up new hobbies, went on more walks, learned to be more self-sufficient, and became more competent because of it.
They only looked at the benefits of solitude itself. They didn't factor in other ways the pandemic has affected us. The authors of the study say it just shows that for many people, more alone time can be beneficial in an overly connected world.