These are the top 50 feel good triggers that cause spells of sudden joy

Natasha Legge | 11th July 2019

Finding a parking space in a packed car par, leaping onto a train a split second before the doors close and leaving work early have emerged among a list of the top 50 feel good triggers.


Researchers who carried out a detailed study also found knowing a new episode of your favourite show is online and cruising through green traffic lights on the drive to the office are likely to make our day.


Lugging a basket of shopping to the till and finding no queue, bumping into a friend out of the blue and giving money to charity also made the list.


And despite the benefits of modern technology, nothing beats the good old days as we all still get a thrill from receiving a letter or card in the post.


The study  commissioned to launch BPme’s new rewards loyalty programme.


The scheme gives customers the chance to enjoy the ‘feel good factor’, with points earned on fuel and shop purchases – and redeemable from as little as £1.


Samantha Clarke, happiness consultant, ‘changemaker’ and spokesperson for BPme, said: “BP’s Feel Good Index shows that it is the little things that go a long way to boosting our wellbeing and mindset.


“In a world where we are becoming increasingly isolated with technology, the Feel Good Index shows that small moments and human interaction help to boost our happiness and can make everyday a little better.


“Happiness isn’t derived from ‘things’ and money, but through those light touches of connection such as giving or receiving compliments, smiling or holding the door open for someone.


“There’s always a ripple effect to making every day brighter, so a small win for staff or a customer can then ripple out to those around you.”


Some of life’s more simple pleasures also featured on the list, such as indulging in a chocolate bar, the sound of birds chirping and turning up the volume to a song which takes you back.


The ‘Feel Good Index’ also includes having a cup of tea made for you and showing off a new outfit.


The sun poking its head out of the clouds, enjoying a delicious treat and patting a pooch are often the cause of these spells of sudden joy.


The research also found nearly a third said Friday is the best day of the working week, so it comes as no surprise a glass of wine or beer after a long day also featured on the list.


As a result, one fifth hit ‘peak’ happiness on Friday, with nearly half (46 per cent) experiencing that ‘Friday feeling’.


And regardless of what day of the week it is, the research also found Brits’ mood is at its peak between 6pm and 9pm every day.


But these peaks and troughs come to us frequently, and by 11am on a weekend we reach the same ‘level’ of happiness as they do at 6pm on a weekday.


It also emerged during a typical weekday adults up and down the country hit a ‘dip’ in mood at 6am, as the morning alarm chimes to signal another day.


These early starts leave a nation of sleepy heads, as half of people admitted they are often too tired to be in their best mood.


More than one third put their happiness slump down to having ‘too much on their mind’.


And a further 23 per cent said hunger gets them down, while 27 per cent said being strapped for cash can cause them to feel low.


It also emerged Brits are trying to spread the happiness, as a third will make someone else a cup of tea, surprise them with a hug or compliment them, all in a bid to pick up their mood.


Gemma Clarke of BP Retail said:“We acknowledge that refuelling your car, or picking up some groceries may not make it into the top ten, but there are many things that we can do to brighten up the experience that customers have when they visit us.


“At BP, we always look to see how we can brighten up those everyday tasks, which is why we wanted to better understand the triggers that influence our mood.”


The Top 50 Feel Good Factors

1. A good night’s sleep
2. When the sun comes out
3. A walk
4. Receiving a compliment
5. Finding money in your pocket or wallet you forgot about
6. Receiving a hug
7. Having good weather on the weekend
8. Birds singing outside
9. Seeing flowers in bloom
10. Enjoying a delicious treat
11. Hearing the words ‘I love you’
12. Hearing a nostalgic song
13. Eating a home cooked meal
14. A lie in
15. Eating a chocolate bar
16. A smile from a stranger
17. Stroking a dog
18. The smell of freshly cut grass
19. An early finish from work
20. Bumping into a friend unexpectedly
21. Taking a bath
22. Seeing a rainbow
23. New episodes being released of your favourite TV show
24. Hearing children or babies laughing
25. A glass of wine or beer after a long day
26. No queue at the supermarket
27. Someone making you a cup of tea
28. Getting a voucher or discount from a favourite brand
29. Receiving a letter or card in the post
30. Wearing a new outfit
31. A free coffee
32. Having no delays to your journey
33. Cooking a meal from scratch
34. Someone holding the door open
35. Getting a parking space in a busy car park
36. The smell of a favourite perfume or cologne
37. Having a good hair or make-up day
38. Giving money to charity
39. Pay day coming early
40. Waking up without an alarm clock
41. Changing into dry clothes after you’ve been caught in the rain
42. Older people holding hands
43. Saying hello to a stranger
44. Taking a daytime nap
45. Just managing to catch a bus or train
46. Catching all the green lights on the way to work
47. Hitting a new Personal Best
48. Getting a seat on the train or bus during rush hour
49. People liking or commenting on your social media post
50. Cake or biscuits in the office


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