Since the coronavirus outbreak started, the world is in fear and our daily lives have been transformed. Some countries have declared lockdowns where no one can go out of their houses unless you’re a frontliner. Because of this, people panicked and the grocery stores have blockbuster-in-movie-like lines that only happen during the holidays. People are ready to fight for the limited supplies to protect themselves, to protect their families against the viral disease. 

This shows the new world we’re living in because of the coronavirus.

In the face of overwhelming bad news, what we need most right now are optimism, daily reminders of our better human selves and support from one another so that each of us can rise to this challenge.

people wearing masks due to covid-19

In spite of all the negativity brought by this pandemic, there are still some silver linings that the world is seeing right now. It might hard to believe but, the coronavirus gave us a gift.

1. Advancing health research and science

asian doctors and researchers working

While governments have struggled to respond to coronavirus, scientists are making the most of new tools to track and beat the virus. Scientists at Stanford University developed a diagnostic test for the coronavirus that can deliver tests in as little as 12 hours, much faster than current models. In the Philippines, scientists from the University of the Philippines invented the low-cost COVID-19 testing kits (P1,250) to accommodate the greater demand and those who can’t afford to pay P8,500 per testing kit. 

2. Enabling productivity for remote workers and students

mom working remotely while the kid is studying

As more employers have implemented the work from home policy to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many experts believe companies will come to see that central offices and face-to-face meetings are less vital than they thought. In fact, a 2015 Stanford University study found that productivity among call-center employees at one Chinese travel agency increased by 13% when they worked from home.

3. Bayanihan


unity amidst covid

In the Philippines, bayanihan is a huge part of the Filipino culture. It means community work or helping one another to achieve a certain goal. With the current situation brought by the COVID-19, more individuals and companies are extending their help through donations and free services to provide the needs of the people. In fact, one taho vendor became viral when he decided to give free taho (a usual breakfast of Filipinos on a rush) to the frontliners. Even countries help other countries to fight the virus. The COVID-19 brought everyone together to beat this pandemic. 

4. People becoming more cautious of misinformation

elderly men reading newspaper

With the rise of the internet and social media, it’s so easy for many people to believe and spread fake news. Because of the COVID-19, people have become more cautious about the information they share and make sure to only spread the facts, not fear and not fake news because what’s at stake here is people’s lives should others follow and believe the wrong information.

5. Less pollution


empty edsa

Due to the lockdowns and community quarantine in some countries, the roads that were used to be clogged have been cleared and the bumper to bumper cars are no longer seen. If there’s one good thing that COVID-19 did that will definitely change the world, it’s this. For weeks, the Earth can finally breathe and the people will be able to feel fresh air because there will be less pollution. There will be no smoke belchers on the roads.

6. More time with the family

asian family having fun together at home

One of the preventive measures to avoid COVID-19 is social distancing, hence, most people are required to only work from home or take a leave. This means, the time you spend commuting and in the office will now be dedicated to your family. You will now have the chance to spend quality time together and do the things you weren’t able to do before because of work. This is also the perfect time to reflect and spend quality time for yourself may it be in a form of relaxing or catching up the much needed sleep. COVID-19 just gave us a gift… a gift of time.

7. Starting new hobbies

a girl preparing cake

Because people are required to just stay at home, this is also the perfect time to discover and start a new hobby. You now have your time in your hands. If you’re bored and tired being stuck at home, search the internet for new hobbies that you might enjoy. It could be stitching, reading, writing, photography, baking, etc.

8. Focusing on healthy living more than ever 

a girl eating vegetable salad

According to health officials, most confirmed cases of having COVID-19 are aged 40s and above. While it’s not common to children and middle aged people, it’s still important to pay attention to their health. There are no treatments developed yet but doctors say that it’s important to keep your immune system strong. Because of this outbreak, more and more people are now focusing on healthy living more than ever to avoid the disease. 

9. Lifting each other up


a flag outside an apartment that says everything will be fine

In the face of COVID-19, people need each other’s supports more than ever. In some countries like China and Italy, people are singing together from their balconies to show support to one another. We may not be physically together but our hearts are bonded, believing and hoping that this will end.

With all these being said, we don’t veer away with the fact that COVID-19 will never be a good thing as this has taken so many lives and brought more people in danger. We just want everyone to remember that in spite of our horrible situation we’re at now, we will see the sun again and have our normal lives back again. 

As a reminder to everyone, it’s important to follow the government protocols to save not just our lives but also our frontliners who are sacrificing theirs to serve the public.



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Everywhere we look, may it be in stores or online, we are bombarded with the same message “BUY” and “SALE” like it’s telling us we’d miss a lot if we don’t purchase anything new. While buying new clothes, gadgets or the first drive in a new car may be satisfying and thrilling, those feelings are just temporary. And when it fades, we find ourselves back in the same place looking for the next purchase to keep the feeling going. 

Sure it makes us feel good but trust us, there is a better way to spend your money and keep that feeling alive! And that’s spending more on experiences than on material things.

Here are three things to prove that it’s better to invest in experiences!

1. Study confirms it

philippines 1 week itinerary

Dr. Elizabeth Dunn at the University of British Columbia studied and attributes the temporary happiness achieved by buying things to what she calls “puddles of pleasure.” In other words, that kind of happiness fades quickly and leaves us wanting more. Things may last longer than experiences, but the memories that linger are what matter most.

Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University who has been studying the question of money and happiness for over two decades discovered in a series of eight studies that people get more enduring happiness from spending money on experiences rather than possessions. Consumers get an initial high from acquiring new material purchases, however, individuals quickly adapt to these items then compare them with other objects and second-guess their choice of purchases. This results in a speedy loss of satisfaction. Life-experiences, on the other hand, are much less subject to being undermined by social comparisons; therefore the happiness caused by experiential purchases endures much longer, and in fact, increases over time.

Oliver James, a chartered psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and as a relational psychoanalyst at the Bowlby Centre says “Family holidays are valued by children, both in the moment and for long afterward in their memory. So, if you’re going to spend money on something, it’s pretty clear which option makes more sense.”

2. Better quality of life (Stuffocation vs. Experientialism)

Stuffocation gives psychological impact such as stress, poor attention span and impulsive buying. Moreover, things can be stolen, lost or broken while the engraved memory of travel experiences cannot. Compare looking back to the things that you lost from looking back to the time that you traveled. The more we lessen our obsession with things, the more it leads to a happier and meaningful life.

Ryan T. Howell (Psychology professor at San Francisco State University), Pauline Pchelin (Alumna of San Francisco State University) and Ravi Iyer (social psychologist and data scientist) developed the Experiential Buying Tendency Scale (EBTS) in order to aid researchers to understand further and measure the preference for experiential buying (spending money on experiences rather than material products). Sampling 9,634 people whilst developing the EBTS, the researchers found those with less-materialistic values were the ones predicted to prefer spending money on experiences, which, ultimately, led to them having increased subjective well-being.

3. Experiences define your purpose and passions

Experiences help you to discover your life purpose and passion. While your purpose and passion serve as your compass through life. Your daily activities should be guided and influenced by them, not material possessions. 

For example, if you enjoy writing and you believe it’s one of your life’s purposes then it makes sense for you to spend money on attending writing workshops or classes. Learn as much as you can about the field or industry. This goes for any other passion you have in life.

4. Learning lasts a lifetime

One of the best things you can do with money is learning a new skill or hobby. Take a class in crafting, cooking, singing, dancing, photography, etc. Learn to surf. Enroll in a creative writing class. In this way, you will learn new stuff that is fun and rewarding that could later lead you to discover your passion. Aside from this, it will broaden your horizons as a person, giving yourself new activities that you can participate in for a lifetime of fulfillment while expanding your social circle at the same time. Investing in the development of new skills is a fantastic way to meet new people and explore new avenues of life you may never have considered. Expanding yourself as a person will expand the ways in which you can experience joy, there is almost no downside. 

Now when it comes to traveling, ZEN Rooms delivers the best hospitality service and high-quality accommodation at a very affordable price to ensure its customers to have great travel experience. 

Disclaimer: ZEN Rooms claims no credit for images featured on our blog site unless otherwise noted. All visual content is copyrighted to its respectful owners. We try to link back to original sources whenever possible. If you own the rights to any of the images, and do not wish them to appear on ZEN Rooms, please contact us and they will be promptly removed. We believe in providing proper attribution to the original author, artist or photographer.