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