Whats the last time you had a “perfect day?” That answer of course, depends on the individual, since the definition of a “perfect day” will vary from person-to-person. A recent survey however, may have discovered the characteristics of the ideal day for the average person.
A survey of 2,000 American adults by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC), has found that we generally experience a mere 15 genuinely perfect days each year, and it’s usually the most insignificant things that make us feel the happiest.
So what are these everyday simple things that make for the “perfect day?” According to survey respondents, they include:
The top 10 mood boosters:
- Finding money in your pocket that you didn’t know you had – 58%
- Being able to sleep in with no alarm clock set – 55%
- Lying in bed listening to rain fall outside – 51%
- A gesture of kindness from somebody in your life – 49%
- Petting a dog – 48%
- Performing a small gesture of kindness for somebody in your life – 47%
- Realizing it’s a beautiful, sunny day – 46%
- Taking a long, hot shower – 44%
- A meaningful, long hug from a loved one – 42%
- Seeing a friend you haven’t seen in a long time – 42%
And, according to respondents, the biggest contributors for having the perfect day include:
The average person would consider it to be the perfect day if they wake-up around 8:15 am, the weather is clear, with sunny skies and an about 74 degrees. They see at least two friends in the day, they socialize for a couple of hours and they enjoy about three hours outside. They spend about four hours with their family/loved ones before coming home to relax on the couch and watch TV. The perfect day ends by getting into their bed at around 10:50 pm.
What they all have in common
It seems that the perfect day for most people is an average one — a day that is grounded in simplicity: waking up early, nice weather, being with friends and loved ones, socializing, eating, exercising, watching some TV, reading, getting to bed at a descent hour. Nothing racy at all — that’s kind of reassuring, don’t you think?
The survey also finds that the average American has about 204 “good days” per year, and 15 “perfect days.” And it is in this conclusion that we can take some hope — overall, the average person has 219 good days, which is about 60% of the year. Could we get even higher than that? Could we get to 80 or 90% of the year? I believe we can.
The real value in this survey is that it reveals what most people need in order to have a good day: friends, family, exercise, time outdoors, good food, good weather, peace and quiet — all things that we can get from simplifying our life. These things we crave to help us be happy and have a good day, are all “things” that used to be in abundant supply. But, with life becoming increasingly manic, often self-induced by the way, we’re seeing these simple pleasures slip to the wayside.
If we can re-align ourselves and get off the mad hamster wheel that now passes for living, I think we can get to a point in which we feel good and happy a lot more often – at least 300 days out of the year? The other good news is that we can do this anytime we want.