• What makes you happy? Here are the country’s Top 50 mood lifters

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    Bad day at the office? Less plastic being used, winning the lottery – and a ban on nuclear weapons would make Brits happier, a survey has revealed.

    A poll of 2,000 adults found one third believe the seas being free of rubbish would send their happiness levels soaring.

    While others say their general mood would improve if Brexit was cancelled, Donald Trump stepped down and nicer people ran the major countries in the world.

    Receiving gifts, having good skin days forever and someone offering to cook would also see a rise in happiness levels.

    While 13 per cent would find lifelong contentment by knowing if there really is a heaven.

    Just nine per cent of Brits polled claim to be ‘extremely happy’, but finding a fiver in their pocket, enjoying longer summers and getting a bonus at work would help to temporarily improve their state of mind.

    David Cook, sales director for Baxi, which carried out the study in conjunction with its ‘Moments of Joy’ campaign, said: “As the study shows, the state of the nation isn’t at its most positive right now.

    “Less than one in 10 adults can hand on heart say they are really happy, and that’s a real shame.

    “We have a long way to go to improve world issues such as the use of plastic, climate change and leadership, but there are smaller things which can be done to elevate feelings day-to-day.

    “Sometimes smaller changes can make all the difference, and make a bad week seem better.”

    Researchers found many also wish for brilliant exchange rates, a complete stop to reality TV and a reduction in traffic.

    Winning a new car, getting mortgage payments reduced or a surprise tax refund would also help people feel more cheerful.

    For some, just the cat or dog choosing to sit on their lap, or being able to get out of bed an hour later would suffice.

    However, the survey found the average adult is really affected by the current state of the world, with seven in 10 admitting their overall feeling of happiness is tainted by things such as disastrous politics and global warming.

    Even the weather can bring down a good mood for 67 per cent of those polled via OnePoll.com.

    For four in 10 Brits, happiness is more important than being rich – and to achieve such feelings, 23 per cent will reach for anything that offers instant gratification.

    Watching a favourite TV show, having a little treat like cake or chocolate and just making the effort to smile at people in the street are just some of the ways adults try to pick themselves up.

    Listening to a favourite song, having a brew, reading a book and getting outside are other ways Brits try to boost their mood.

    But more than half of people would be prepared to change their life completely, such as moving jobs or relocating, if they thought it would lead to a better life.

    TOP 50 WAYS TO BE HAPPIER
    1. Winning the lottery
    2. Going on holiday
    3. Finding a fiver in your pocket
    4. The sea being free of rubbish
    5. Longer summers
    6. Winning a new car
    7. Getting a bonus at work
    8. Sleeping through a whole night
    9. Getting a freebie
    10. Having actual summer weather in the summer
    11. Getting an upgrade on your hotel / flight without paying
    12. Going to the till and finding something is cheaper than you had expected
    13. You get a tax refund
    14. Finding something you thought you’d lost forever
    15. Less traffic
    16. Climate change being halted
    17. All plans going to plan
    18. Less use of plastic
    19. Getting a present from someone
    20. Having nice people run the biggest countries in the world
    21. A whole new wardrobe for free
    22. Receiving gifts
    23. Nuclear weapons being banned around the world
    24. Donald Trump stepping down
    25. Brexit being cancelled
    26. Being able to retire early
    27. Finding out your insurance has gone down
    28. Dog owners actually picking up dog poo
    29. When you cook something you’ve never cooked before and it’s really good
    30. Having good skin days forever
    31. Mortgage payments reducing
    32. If you didn’t sweat when hot
    33. Items on sale being available in your size
    34. A dog (or cat) choosing you to sit on
    35. Realising you’ve overpaid on your utility bills
    36. No more reality TV shows
    37. Someone offering to cook for you
    38. A bigger back garden
    39. The exchange rate for Euros being brilliant just before a holiday
    40. England (male or female) winning the world cup
    41. Being able to get out of bed an hour later
    42. Cheaper beer
    43. Wearing a really old item of clothing and finding it still fits
    44. Winters being warmer
    45. Going out for drinks and finding out it’s 2-4-1
    46. Finding out if there is really a heaven
    47. A train having enough seats so you don’t have to stand up
    48. Getting home to find dinner on the table
    49. Getting a promotion
    50. No more chewing gum left on pavements

    Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

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