Artist Doug Hyde celebrates his tour at Whitewall Gallery Birmingham with new survey

A bright blue sky on a sunny day, looking at old pictures and cute kittens and puppies are among the little things which make Brits feel happy.

A poll of 2,000 Brits found the everyday things responsible for boosting the nation’s mood with relationships, friends and family featuring heavily in the top 40.

These include having a cuddle with a loved one, catching up with a friend you’ve not seen for ages and your child saying ‘I love you’.

Looking at a beautiful picture or piece of art, seeing a stunning landscape and finding some money in a coat pocket which you haven’t worn for a while are other feel good factors.

Artist Doug Hyde, who commissioned the research to mark his ‘I LOVE U’ tour at www.whitewallgalleries.com in Colmore Circus, Birmingham, said: “With so much going on in the world which is anything but good at the moment, it’s important to try and get a mood boost from the people and things which are close to you.

“Whether it’s seeing something cute or heart-warming, spending time with your loved ones or a stroke of good luck, it doesn’t need to be something big or extravagant to make you feel good.

“Sometimes, something which is simply nice to look at is all that’s needed to put a smile on your face.

“Looking at pictures can bring back a host of great memories and that little bit of nostalgia can make you feel really happy.”

The study also found sitting down to relax in your home after you’ve just cleaned it, being given a compliment and talking about old memories are also among the top 40 things that make Brits feel good.

Watching a sunset, being surrounded by pictures of loved ones in your home and waking up and realising it’s a Saturday are other mood boosters.

It also emerged the average adult reckons they feel happy for around four hours and 25 minutes a day, smiling 15 times.

But while Saturdays (21%) and Fridays (19%) are when Brits are most likely to feel good, Tuesday (2%) is the ‘worst’ day of the week for happiness levels.

Worryingly, just over one in 10 say they don’t have enough things in their life which make them happy, while 60 per cent feel they need to make more of an effort to boost their mood more often.

Almost four in 10 say a lack of money stops them from feeling happier more often, while 24 per cent blame it on being too busy.

Others put the struggle down to their job (22%), their lack of work/ life balance (22%) and a lack of hobbies (13%).

The study also found that 85 per cent of those polled think there are health benefits to smiling and feeling happy.

And 82 per cent say love, friendship and family are mostly likely to make them feel good.

As a result, more than a third say looking at pictures of loved ones cheers them up, with half of all adults admitting they couldn’t live in a home without photos of their friends and relatives on the walls.

Just 13 per cent of those polled, via OnePoll, live in a home with no photos on display.

Two thirds also agreed that a picture is worth 1,000 words, with 47 per cent saying that receiving a text, email or social media post with an emoji makes them feel better than if it’s just a text message.

The smiley face emoji is most likely to make you feel good, followed by a heart, the blowing a kiss face and the crying with laughter symbol.

Doug Hyde added:

I love creating artwork that moves people – whether that’s a smile, laughter or even tears – but above all I hope its uplifting. I’m looking forward to sharing this new collection, and making more emotional connections with the audience.

Doug’s newly created Heart Emoji for his tour: ILOVEU

Top 40 things that make you feel good

  1. Blue sky on a sunny day
  2. Seeing a beautiful landscape
  3. Dogs/puppies/cats/kittens
  4. Sitting in a clean home after you’ve given it a tidy up
  5. Going out for nice food
  6. A compliment
  7. Someone smiling at you/ seeing a smiling face
  8. Booking a holiday
  9. Having a cuddle with a loved one
  10. Memories
  11. Unexpectedly finding money in a coat you haven’t worn in ages
  12. A random act of kindness either by you, or watching someone else
  13. Seeing a friend you haven’t seen in a while
  14. A good song coming on the radio
  15. Comfort food
  16. Watching the sunset
  17. Finally buying something you’ve been saving up for
  18. Having a nice interaction with a stranger
  19. Having a lie in
  20. Your child saying ‘I love you’
  21. Looking at old pictures
  22. Having pictures up of loved ones in your home
  23. When your kids do something that makes you proud
  24. Losing something and having it returned to you
  25. Free food
  26. Seeing live music
  27. Seeing old people holding hands
  28. A full English breakfast
  29. Watching a film from your childhood
  30. Your partner doing something you find cute
  31. Waking up and realising it’s Saturday
  32. Looking at art/paintings in your home
  33. Getting through all the green lights
  34. A massage
  35. Having a bubble bath after a long day
  36. Having a child draw a picture for you
  37. A flirty glance with a stranger
  38. Meeting someone new
  39. When there is cake in the office
  40. When someone brings a baby into work

Survey conducted by OnePoll on 30th January 2020, with 2,000 UK Adults (Nationally Representative)

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