The top 50 things that 'make our day'

A good cup of tea, boiling an egg to perfection and stumbling upon cash in the street have been revealed in a list of 50 things which ‘make our day’, according to a new study.

The research of 2,000 adults by Interparcel revealed that for many of us the simple pleasures in life can make the difference between having a good day or a bad one.

Answering a question correctly on University Challenge made people's day

Other things appearing in the list included receiving a free gift, fluffy towels and getting a question right on University Challenge!

Sunny days make us shine

In typical British fashion the weather made the top answer, with 62 per cent who voted the biggest ‘day maker’ as waking up to a sunny morning.

Sarah Loosemore, Customer Services Director of Interparcel said: ‘’When we get caught up in stress of daily routine, a small gesture or surprise can make all the difference. The list is encouraging, as it proves our days are made by those reminders that life isn’t so bad.

‘’Anything from a ‘thank you’ to a compliment on what we’re wearing promotes a sense of wellbeing. Or sometimes just the sense that everything is going to plan is enough to keep us calm and content,’ adds Sarah.

Small surprises give us big boosts

The research showed it was the small surprises that can salvage an otherwise bad day, according to the adults.

An unexpected gift from a partner was a definite mood-booster for around three in 10, with booking a holiday or weekend away also featuring highly.

Unsurprisingly a cash injection was shown to put a smile on most people’s faces – as getting a tax rebate, winning on a scratch card and finding a fiver in an old coat were also in the list.

Chocolate eases a tough day

While food and drink was shown to ease the stress for many, who voted their day-makers as a morning coffee, a bar of chocolate and a glass of wine after a hard day.

Looking good is the key for one in four who said a new hair cut puts a spring in their step, while others cited wearing a new pair of shoes or finding they’ve lost weight.

And the weather made a big difference it seemed – as well as a sunny morning, driving with the windows down, wearing sunglasses and eating ice-cream were all revealed as day-makers.

The typical adult is happiest at around 2.30pm, the poll showed, and has an average of three ‘good days’ per week.

Top 50 day makers

  1. Waking up to a sunny morning
  2. Fresh bed sheets
  3. Getting unexpected post
  4. Finding a fiver in an old coat pocket
  5. Being paid
  6. Random acts of kindness from strangers
  7. Friendly customer service
  8. Receiving a compliment
  9. Booking a holiday or weekend away
  10. Unexpected gift/card from partner
  11. Chocolate
  12. Finding you’ve lost a couple lbs in weight
  13. Getting a tax rebate
  14. A glass of wine after a long day
  15. A morning cup of tea or coffee
  16. Winning money on a scratch card
  17. Having a new haircut
  18. The rain stopping at just the right time
  19. Cuddling your pet
  20. A new episode of your favourite show
  21. Finding something you need in the sale
  22. Receiving a ‘Well done’ from your boss
  23. Your favourite song coming on the car radio
  24. New fluffy towels
  25. No traffic on the way to work
  26. Being offered free samples on the street
  27. Nabbing a free parking spot
  28. Flirting with an attractive stranger
  29. Driving with the windows down
  30. Splashing out on a nice dinner
  31. Chatting on the phone with a friend
  32. Ice-cream
  33. Getting an upgrade on a flight
  34. Someone letting you out at a junction
  35. Someone making you tea in the morning
  36. Getting all your laundry done
  37. Wearing sunglasses
  38. Walking the dog
  39. Wearing a favourite shirt/dress
  40. Being tagged in a flattering photo
  41. Wearing new shoes
  42. Getting lots of likes on a Facebook post
  43. Getting an answer on University Challenge
  44. Being asked out on a date
  45. Using the self-service tills with no problems
  46. Having bragging rights because your football team won
  47. Getting the best seat in a cinema
  48. Cakes in the kitchen at work
  49. Boiling an egg to perfection
  50. Getting a date match