Sleeping in a freshly made bed is the thing most likely to make people feel great, according to new research.
Changing the bed sheets may feel like a chore to some, but the feeling of sleeping in a freshly made bed has topped a list of the 50 things that make us feel good, with nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) saying it is their favourite feel great moment.
The feeling of the sun on our face came second on the list (57 per cent) with people saying 'thank you' or a random act of kindness from a stranger completing the top three.
The survey of 2,000 people was conmissioned by Bupa to launch its Feel Great Britain campaign. Strictly come Dancing host Tess Daly is fronting the drive to encourage people to enjoy plenty of feel great moments to improve their overall health and well-being.
Finding a bargain in the sales (41 per cent) and a cup of tea (39 per cent) were also among the favourite feel great moments.
The top 50 also contained a number of more bizarre feel great moments including rainbows (23 per cent), popping bubble wrap (20 per cent), dancing like no-one is watching (19 per cent), new stationary (11 per cent), the 'pop' when you open a new jam jar (nine per cent) and cleaning wax from your ears (eight per cent).
However, the survey also revealed a worrying trend for how rarely people feel great. Just one in eight (12.5 per cent) said they have a 'feel great' moment more than once a month and almost one in five lacked inspiration.
Stress (64 per cent), a lack of sleep (63 per cent), bad manners (51 per cent), financial pressures (50 per cent) and the weather (47 per cent) were the top reasons given for preventing people from feeling great.
The findings also suggest that feeling great occurs more often later in life, with 21 per cent of over 55s saying they have a feel great moment every day. However, 28 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds and 30 per cent of 45 to 54-year-olds only have a feel great moment once a week.
Tess Daly, Bupa's Feel Great Britain ambassador, said: "We all have those little things that make us feel great - for me it's feeling the sun on my face.
"With modern society being so busy people struggle to find the time and lack the inspiration to enjoy a feel great moment."
Dr Paula Franklin, UK Medical Director at Bupa, said: "People seem to find it easy to name the things that make them
Top 50 things that make people feel great:
- Sleeping in a freshly made bed
- Feeling the sun on your face
- People saying 'thank you' or a random act of kindness from a stranger
- Finding money in unexpected places
- Having time to myself
- Laughing so hard it hurts
- Snuggling on the sofa with a loved one
- Freshly made bread
- Doing something for others
- The clean feeling after a shower
- When your favourite song comes on the radio
- Finding a bargain in the sales
- Listening to the rainfall/thunderstorms when you're inside
- Freshly brewed tea / coffee
- The thrill of personal achievement
- Having a long hot bath
- Seeing a fresh coating of snow
- Freshly cut grass
- Chocolate melting in your mouth
- Doing something active outdoors (e.g. bike ride, run, country walk)
- Bacon cooking in the morning
- Talking to or playing with your pet
- A soothing massage
- That 'Friday feeling'
- A perfectly cooked steak
- Waking up before the alarm and realising there's more time to sleep
- Doing exercise
- Remembering the name of something/someone you thought you'd forgotten
- Making a perfectly baked cake/pie
- Stepping on crunchy autumn leaves
- Popping bubble wrap
- Swimming in the sea / lake
- New car smell
- Dancing like no one is watching
- The smell of new books/magazines
- Smell of a fine wine
- Putting your Out of Office on before going on holiday
- Putting on a brand new pair of socks
- Watching your breath float away in cold air
- Getting new stationary
- Singing in the shower
- Getting a seat on the bus / train / tube
- Picking an easy peel orange from the fruit bowl
- Loosening your jeans after you've eaten
- The 'pop' when you open a new jar of jam
- Squeezing a spot
- Cleaning the wax from your ears
- Cleaning the bathroom
- The Royal Family
The Telegraph, London