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
- Waking up to a sunny morning
- Fresh bed sheets
- Getting unexpected post
- Finding a fiver in an old coat pocket
- Being paid
- Random acts of kindness from strangers
- Friendly customer service
- Receiving a compliment
- Booking a holiday or weekend away
- Unexpected gift/card from partner
- Finding you’ve lost a couple lbs in weight
- Getting a tax rebate
- A glass of wine after a long day
- A morning cup of tea or coffee
- Winning money on a scratch card
- Having a new haircut
- The rain stopping at just the right time
- Cuddling your pet
- A new episode of your favourite show
- Finding something you need in the sale
- Receiving a ‘Well done’ from your boss
- Your favourite song coming on the car radio
- New fluffy towels
- No traffic on the way to work
- Being offered free samples on the street
- Nabbing a free parking spot
- Flirting with an attractive stranger
- Driving with the windows down
- Splashing out on a nice dinner
- Chatting on the phone with a friend
- Getting an upgrade on a flight
- Someone letting you out at a junction
- Someone making you tea in the morning
- Getting all your laundry done
- Wearing sunglasses
- Walking the dog
- Wearing a favourite shirt/dress
- Being tagged in a flattering photo
- Wearing new shoes
- Getting lots of likes on a Facebook post
- Getting an answer on University Challenge
- Being asked out on a date
- Using the self-service tills with no problems
- Having bragging rights because your football team won
- Getting the best seat in a cinema
- Cakes in the kitchen at work
- Boiling an egg to perfection
- Getting a date match