A recent survey of 3000 adults looked at what made people happy and found that it was the simple things in life which could trigger a positive change of mood.
The research was conducted for Three Barrels Brandy which is rather ironic given the title of this blog and the fact that drinking alcohol didn’t figure in the results.
Many of the things people said cost nothing at all:-
- Waking up on a sunny day
- A cuddle
- A kind word
- A favourite song being played
- Looking at old photos
- Hearing a baby laugh
- A message from a loved one
Some things cost a little money or effort:-
- Receiving a surprise gift or flowers
- A holiday
- Seeing an old friend
- A walk in the country
Loneliness is an issue that affects 1,000’s of older people and left unaddressed can lead to social isolation and ultimately ill-health is often only a short step further away.
What this survey tells us, is that it is possible to turn loneliness into happiness with just a few small and inexpensive steps. Anyone can start the process.