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Brits reveal the top pick-me-ups which keep them smiling… with fresh sheets and chocolate on the list


Brits have revealed the top pick-me-ups they rely on over the winter months, including putting on fresh bed sheets, eating the last bit of chocolate in the cupboard and dancing in the kitchen.

A survey of 2,000 adults revealed the top 40 ways to raise a smile, with simple pleasures topping the list.


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A third enjoy having a big clear out, singing loudly to music and looking through old photos.

And 23 per cent spend time thinking about what they’d spend a lottery win on, while watching a nostalgic childhood film and baking are also popular mood-boosters.

Cleaning the cat flap, picking toenails and walking around the house naked also appear on the list.


It also emerged 84 per cent of adults feel it’s often the smaller things in life that can make them the happiest.

A spokesperson for Lottoland.co.uk, which commissioned the research, as it offers the chance to win five jackpots of £1 million for every £1 spent, said: “The months after Christmas can be hard as the nights are still long and many people feel there’s not much to look forward to.

“But the simple things, like dancing in the kitchen and dreaming of a lottery win can really help lift our spirits.

“It shows you don’t have to spend money to keep yourself happy, but I think we all agree, it’s a nice bonus to have that money to spend.”

The research also revealed Brits are looking for the simple pleasures in life as 44 per cent are planning to save money after an expensive festive period.

And many want to keep themselves busy at the beginning of the year, because six in 10 think January, February and March are the most boring months.

The average adult looks for something to pick themselves up as often as three times a day, with four in 10 having fewer social plans than usual to look forward to in the winter months.

The survey, carried out via OnePoll, found 42 per cent feel they rely on pick-me-ups most during the winter, as almost six in 10 feel more down in the dumps and glum at this time of the year.

A further 43 per cent see a quieter January or February period at work compared to the rest of the year.

While 76 per cent admit the darker mornings and evenings in the winter make them less likely to want to leave the house, with 37 per cent feeling less fit in the early months of the year.

The spokesperson from Lottoland.co.uk added: “It’s clearly not uncommon to feel less motivated in the early months of the year.

“The aftermath of the excitement of Christmas can be slow, especially as work tends to die down and there are fewer social events to look forward to.

“Lottoland’s Lotto x5 offers the chance to win five jackpots of £1 million for just £1 – giving people a chance to perk up the winter months this year.”


An unexpected win can pique all sorts of joy[/caption]


The feel of getting into fresh sheets can cheer up even the most boring months[/caption]

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