It’s the sim­ple plea­sures in life that bring true hap­pi­ness to us

Pretoria News Weekend - - HEALTH -

LON­DON: If giv­ing presents to your loved ones is prov­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult in these strait­ened times, take heart.

For it seems that noth­ing is as pleas­ing to us as a sim­ple kiss and cud­dle.

In fur­ther proof that the best things in life re­ally are free, laugh­ing with friends, clean sheets and stroking a pet were also at the top of a list of lit­tle plea­sures that make us happy.

In a sur­vey of 2 000 peo­ple re­leased this week, 56% said a kiss and cud­dle was their top treat – although 47% com­plained they didn’t re­ceive enough of them.

Shar­ing a laugh came sec­ond with 54%, the tin­gle of clean bed­ding pleased 38% and pet­ting the fam­ily cat or dog came fourth at 30%.

If you did very lit­tle last Sun­day, you are among 18% who en­joy lazy Sun­days.

Do­ing a good deed and giv­ing some­one a present also ap­pear on the list, as does be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of an un­ex­pected act of kind­ness from a stranger, such as hav­ing a door held open for you.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the good old Bri­tish cuppa fea­tures, with 17% rat­ing hav­ing a cup of tea with a friend as one of life’s great­est plea­sures.

Other well-known boosts in­cluded en­joy­ing the smell of freshly mown grass, sit­ting in front of a log fire, re­lax­ing in a warm bath or lis­ten­ing to mor- ning bird­song.

The study was com­mis­sioned by en­ter­tain­ment chan­nel W for the next episode of Davina McCall’s se­ries The Davina Hour, which fo­cuses on hap­pi­ness.

Steve North, gen­eral man­ager of W, said: “Peo­ple can go to great lengths and ex­pense to buy lav­ish gifts, throw sump- tu­ous par­ties, or go on out­landish hol­i­days but as of­ten as not, we get in­tense plea­sure from the sim­ple things in life.

With the cost of liv­ing ris­ing at a faster pace than salaries, peo­ple are more con­scious of bud­gets and what they spend, fo­cus­ing more on what re­ally makes us happy.” – Daily Mail

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