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Americans feeling more selfless than ever as they go out of the way to help take out neighbors’ trash & walk their dogs

ACCORDING to a new survey, 64% of Americans say 2020 has made them more selfless than ever before.

A poll of 2,005 Americans discovered that since March 2020, 41% have helped a stranger across the street.

People are embracing the idea of neighborly love. Thirty-eight percent have gone out of their way to take out their neighbor’s trash while 31% have walked their neighbor’s dog.

A third have even shoveled out a neighbor’s car in the past year.

The study, conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Eyes of Hope, the charitable arm of VSP Global, aimed to discover how people are dealing with the impacts of the pandemic.

And results found 74% said 2020 has made them more aware of the needs of others.

Seventy-two percent of those surveyed found themselves caring about the health and well-being of others significantly more in the past year than ever before.

“It’s been incredibly meaningful to see how the challenges of the last year have caused us to care even more for each other,” stated Pat McNeil, a spokesperson for VSP Eyes of Hope.

“This study validates what we’ve been hearing from our employees and charitable partners: people are looking to better the lives of others and their communities because they envision a greater purpose after such a devastating year.”

Since March 2020, 87% of Americans have donated a portion of their paycheck.

Yet others truly felt the weight of the pandemic on their shoulders. Three in five experienced financial difficulties in the past year.

Beyond financial struggles, 65% have needed to put off doctor’s appointments since March 2020.

Some of the reasons why people put their doctor’s appointments on the back burner include losing their health insurance (44%), not being able to afford the copay (46%) and worries about COVID-19 (64%).

Sixty-nine percent of those polled had concerns they’d be unable to afford vision care for themselves or family members.

Sadly, 72% don’t even think they have the ability to help loved ones if and when their health begins to suffer or becomes an issue.

“Certainly, the pandemic has created health care barriers for so many,” added Pat McNeil, a spokesperson for VSP Eyes of Hope. “We’ve seen firsthand the impacts on access to vision care at a time when seeing each other onscreen has been so valuable for keeping us connected.

“It’s more important than ever that we all work together to ensure that everyone has access to the resources they need to keep themselves and their families healthy.”

Ultimately, while 2020 has been a difficult year for many, seven in 10 said this past year has made them a better person overall.

As a result, people are not wasting their time dating people who are selfish. Sixty-eight percent of respondents said not being charitable and helping others is a major dating turn-off.

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