Top 40 ways to create the "perfect" day

health 30/07/2018

A survey has found that the average person only has 15 "truly perfect" days each year, and what's surprising is that the most trivial-sounding activities can make you feel amazing.

The survey, which looked at 2000 American adults, found the average person is happiest waking up at 8.15am. They would be able to spend three hours outside enjoying sunny "spring-like" weather, spend 4 hours with their family and 3 hours with their friends, then after 3 hours of relaxing and watching TV, jump back into bed at 10.50pm.

The top three sure-fire ways to improve your day include finding money in their pocket, sleeping in without waking up to an alarm, and lying in bed listening to the rain.

Check out the top 40 "mood boosters" as found in the survey:

  1. Finding money in your pocket you didn’t know you had (58%)
  2. Being able to sleep in with no alarm set (55%)
  3. Lying in bed listening to rain fall outside (51%)
  4. A small gesture of kindness from somebody in your life (49%)
  5. Petting a dog (48%)
  6. Performing a small gesture of kindness for somebody in your life (47%)
  7. Realizing it’s a beautiful, sunny day (46%)
  8. Long, hot shower (44%)
  9. A meaningful, long hug from somebody you love  (42%)
  10. Seeing a friend you haven’t seen in a long time  (42%)
  11. The first sip of coffee of the day  (41%)
  12. Plopping down on your bed after a long, tiring day  (40%)
  13. Walking into an air-conditioned building on a hot day  (40%)
  14. Baked treats (i.e. fresh blueberry pie)  (40%)
  15. Listening to your favourite album  (37%)
  16. Watching the sunset or sunrise  (37%)
  17. Holding hands with someone you love  (36%)
  18. Getting new clothes  (35%)
  19. Cuddling your partner before getting up to start your day  (34%)
  20. Cuddling with your pet after a long day  (33%)
  21. Waking up to birds chirping (33%)
  22. Petting a cat  (33%)
  23. Cooking your favourite meal  (31%)
  24. Happening across a smell you enjoy, from cookies to the smell of rain  (31%)
  25. Exchanging a genuine smile with a stranger  (31%)
  26. Sunlight on your skin  (31%)
  27. Getting a new haircut  (30%)
  28. Finding a good new book to read  (29%)
  29. Having a pleasant conversation with a total stranger  (28%)
  30. Meeting a new person you genuinely like  (28%)
  31. Eating a healthy food that makes you feel good about yourself  (28%)
  32. A long soak in the tub  (27%)
  33. Going to the movies  (27%)
  34. Receiving a bouquet of flowers from someone you care about  (25%)
  35. Going for a walk alone  (25%)
  36. A lazy drive to nowhere in particular  (25%)
  37. Having a nice, long stretch after sitting for a while  (24%)
  38. Ordering delivery  (24%)
  39. A nice glass of beer or wine after a long day  (24%)
  40. Realizing you’re going to have a good hair day  (23%)