Top 20 things that make Brits feel good – from good night’s sleep, to sunny skies


The 20 things that make us feel good are a good night’s sleep, a sunny blue sky – and summer, research has found. A poll of 2,000 adults uncovered the top things that boost our mood – with getting a compliment, eating a favourite snack, and laughing until the tears flow, also scoring highly.

And 45 percent love nothing more than getting a nice bit of praise, while 37 percent are delighted when their pets are happy to see them.

The average adult experiences these moments three times a day, and claims that, in a typical week, they feel good about their day four times out of seven.

That said, 34 percent are finding it increasingly hard to be happy – with 83 percent proactively avoiding negative stories on social media and TV, due to it leaving them feeling “emotionally drained”.

The research, commissioned by cheese snack Babybel, also found almost half of Londoners (46 percent) currently feel like they need a pick-me-up.

In response, the brand has created the Goodness Bench inside King’s Cross Station, London, to mark the launch of its “Join the Goodness” campaign.

It is designed to spread feel-good vibes by playing positive news stories from the week, while donating to its longstanding charity partner, Comic Relief, each time the bench is sat on.

A spokesman for the brand said: “It’s more important than ever to do little things that make us feel good, inside and out – whether that means grabbing your favourite snack, or helping someone in need.

“We all need a boost from time to time, and feeling good goes hand-in-hand with doing good, which is why we wanted to spread positivity through this activation.”

Saturday is deemed the day of the week most likely to bring joy – with Monday, unsurprisingly, ranking worse.

But 68 percent feel happiness is infectious – and, as a result, 35 percent often, or always, go out of their way to spread a bit of positivity.

The typical adult will do 12 things a month to lift their mood – even if it’s as simple as sitting down with a coffee, according to the data.

However, only 24 percent actively set aside time on a regular basis to do things that make them happy.

Babybel’s spokesman added: “Many of the things on our top 20 list of happiness-makers come at absolutely no cost at all.

“Of course, whether we see a sunny blue sky in the morning isn’t up to us, sadly – but we can all give someone a compliment at any time, and spread goodness that way.

“Doing things to make others happy also has the benefit of making us happy as well, making it a really positive circle of behaviour.”


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