Simple pleasures: Sunshine, socialising and chocolate revealed as key mood boosters for brits

• After a year of restrictions and lockdowns, 73% of people feel that life has become monotonous and repetitive
• 80% of Brits are looking for simple ways to boost their moods

London, 02 June 2021: New research launched today by InPost, a leading out-of-home and eCommerce delivery company, has revealed that — after a year of Covid uncertainty — finding ways to lift our mood is now more important than ever.

The new research – based on a survey of over 2,000 UK adults conducted in March by Opinium – found that with restrictions and lockdowns having been in place for over a year now, 73% of Brits feel that life has become monotonous and repetitive. While this is unsurprising, as a result, people are finding that small moments of joy in everyday things have increased in importance, with 80% of respondents cherishing the little things in life.

With people being cooped up indoors due to lockdowns and social distancing, it’s no wonder that sunshine and good weather were revealed as the top mood-boosters for 84% of Brits. A whopping two-fifths (38%) of respondents said that they feel a walk in the sunshine is the ultimate mood-boosting treat.

According to the survey, the nation’s Top 10 ‘mood boosters’ are:

1 Sunshine and good weather (84%)
2 A walk in the sunshine (38%)
3 Spending time with family and friends (25%)
4 Watching a film (24%)
5 Chocolate (22%)
6 Reading (22%)
7 A glass of wine (19%)
8 Shopping online (17%)
9 Exercise (16%)
10 Takeaways or meal kits (16%)

As we look ahead to the next 12 months, it’s unsurprising that 78% of Brits are looking forward to life going back to normal and are eager to find ways to have fun and enjoy life to the fullest.

Jason Tavaria, CEO at InPost commented: “It can be hard to find ways to boost your mood during a pandemic, but that’s not to say it’s not possible. Our research highlights that an effective route to happiness isn’t necessarily through experiencing major events that we might have planned out such as going on a holiday or to a wedding. Instead, it’s the small — and often simplest — things that can make us smile in our everyday lives and that can help to lift our spirits.”

InPost is on a mission to make life easier (and sunnier) for shoppers by making collections and returns an absolute breeze. As part of its offer to customers, InPost recently launched a new “Instant Returns” service with a fashion retailer it is a QR code-based returns service where there is no need to print a label. All shoppers need to do is scan, drop and go – it’s as easy as that!

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