The top 50 things that make Britons feel instantly happier, from sleeping in freshly washed sheets to the sound of a baby laughing… so what cheers YOU up in a jiffy?
We all need a quick pick-me-up from time to time – and it’s a good night’s sleep that’s most likely to do the job for Britons, according to a survey.
Brits were asked in a poll what things would most likely trigger feelings of instant happiness – and from the results a top 50 ranking was drawn up.
A good night’s sleep was voted the top happiness trigger with 51 per cent of the vote, with a walk on a sunny morning in second place (48 per cent) and a hug in third (47 per cent).
Rounding out the top five were sunny and bright mornings and spending time with friends and family (joint fourth, 46 per cent), with the beach on a sunny day fifth with 44 per cent of the vote.
Among the top 10 was sleeping in freshly washed sheets (seventh, 42 per cent), stroking a pet (eighth, 39 per cent) and finding money in a jacket pocket (ninth, 38 per cent).
THE TOP 50 THINGS THAT MAKE BRITONS FEEL INSTANTLY HAPPIER
1. A good night’s sleep 51%
2. A walk on a sunny morning 48%
3. A hug 47%
4= Sunny and bright mornings 46%
4= Spending time with friends and family 46%
5. The beach on a sunny day 44%
6. A lovely view 43%
7= Longer and lighter evenings 42%
7= Sleeping in freshly washed sheets 42%
8= Stroking a pet 39%
8= clear blue sky 39%
8= Speaking to family 39%
9= Finding money in a jacket pocket 38%
9= Watching the sunset 38%
9= Thinking about happy memories 38%
10= Hearing your favourite song 37%
10= Eating chocolate 37%
10= Hearing someone say ‘I love you’ 37%
10= A wonderful sunset 37%
11. Receiving a compliment 36%
12= Sharing a meal with a friend 35%
12= Looking at pictures of your family 35%
13= Spring flowers 34%
13= Helping a family member 34%
14= Cooking your favourite meal 33%
14= Funny videos 33%
14= A cute puppy 33%
14= Helping a friend 33%
15= First flowers appearing 32%
15= A smile from a stranger 32%
16= Being told you look great 31%
16= Bagging a bargain in the supermarket 31%
17= Finding something that you’ve previously lost 30%
17= Eating cake 30%
18= Getting a message from a friend 29%
18= A Sunday roast with friends 29%
19. The sound of a baby laughing 28%
20= Freshly brewed coffee 27%
20= A glass of wine 27%
21= A lie-in on a Saturday 25%
21= A good page-turning book 25%
21= Pottering in the garden 25%
22= Waking up and realising it’s the weekend 24%
22= Seeing cherry blossoms for the first time 24%
23= Sharing chocolate with family 23%
23= Tidying up the house 23%
24. Seeing an old couple holding hands 22%
25= Being told thank you at work 21%
25= Picnic in the park 21%
26. Finishing a book 20%
The sound of a baby laughing triggers happiness for many Britons, according to a survey
Hearing someone say ‘I love you’ came 10th in the ranking (37 per cent).
Other heartwarming happiness triggers include looking at pictures of your family (12th, 35 per cent), a smile from a stranger (15th, 32 per cent) and seeing an old couple holding hands (24th, 22 per cent).
Cute puppies (14th, 33 per cent) and laughing babies (19th, 28 per cent) also play their part in keeping the British nation stress-free.
Food helps, too.
Eating chocolate was joint 10th (37 per cent), eating cake was joint 17th (30 per cent) and a Sunday roast with friends was joint 18th (29 per cent).
The survey was conducted by Lindt to mark the launch of its ‘Share the Hoppiness’ campaign, which includes the chance to win one of ten £5,000 prizes when you find a winning golden token inside a Lindt gold bunny.
GP and spokesperson for Lindt, Dr Zoe Williams, said: ‘Simple pleasures really do lift our spirits. They are the icing on the cake of our lives – and proportionately contribute far more to our well-being than many more expensive treats do. It is heartening to see from this Lindt survey that many of the old staples remain our favourites, such as a walk in the park, spring flowers and of course chocolate, and Easter time is the perfect moment to enjoy such delights.’
A good night’s sleep was voted the top happiness trigger, with sleeping in freshly washed sheets ranking joint seventh
According to the study, Brits smile an average of 17 times a day, with four in ten (39 per cent) claiming this is less than last year.
On average, the nation feels down for nine days a month with money worries (57 per cent), being trapped in the same routine (41 per cent), getting old (38 per cent) and the weather (34 per cent) as the main reasons.
Saturday at 11.16am is when we feel at our happiest, with summer (56 per cent) and spring (32 per cent) our favourite seasons.
Half (50 per cent) state just a smile can lift their mood, while 43 per cent believe that smiling and happiness (37 per cent) are infectious.