04/25/2012 04:14 pm ET | Updated Aug 30, 2012

Nine Bizarre Ways To Know The Economy's On The Upswing (PHOTOS)

If the idea of economic growth makes you fall asleep, wake up! There are a number of other ways to tell the economy is on the up and up.

For example, more people are going to see the dentist, after delaying their dentist visits during hard times. More people are going to get haircuts. And more couples are going to finally make the decision to split up.

These weird indicators may seem inconsequential, but they help to paint a more tangible picture of how the economic recovery manifests itself in day-to-day American life. So be thankful if your husband decides it's time to buy new underwear. It's a sign of something good!

Check out our nine favorite weird indicators below:

Nine Ways To Know If The Economy Is Recovering