Most of us are feeling some form of negative impact from the global recession. None of us like the recession, but there are ways that we can benefit from it. I've benefited by learning to take greater control of my finances, being more careful with my money and making a more conscious effort to plan for the future. All of this will stand to my benefit when the recession is over and the economy has improved. I'd prefer if the economy was booming and lifting all boats, however there is a silver lining. Have you found a silver lining, no matter how small and found a way to learn and benefit from the economic downturn?