Our recent article on The 10 worst things about being laid off offered a wry look at some of the damage that can occur when you’re caught in a workforce reduction. (I just love that expression.) Sonja Thompson took the discussion in a different direction on the TechRepublic Facebook page when she challenged folks to find the silver lining in a layoff situation.

Several people jumped in with a positive spin. Here are 10 good things that can happen when you’re laid off. See if this list reflects your experience.

From Jason Shepard:

1: More time for catch up on home renovations and long-postponed projects

2: More time to spend with the family

From Famia Marx:

3: No boss except yourself

4: No more worrying about an impending layoff

5: Discovering you can get by with less; getting the most out of what you have

6: More time to volunteer

7: Opportunities to improve your resume and hone your interview skills

8: Time and a possible incentive to start your own business

9: A chance to upgrade your skills

From Josh Wilkie:

10: Severance pay

Your turn

What (if any) positive experiences have you had after being laid off?