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Happiness

This is what Americans think the perfect day looks like

In a year full of blah, meh, and just okay days, how many of us have perfect days where nothing went wrong? Not very many of us, it turns out. In a U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council study conducted by One Poll, survey researchers found that the average American will only have 15 “perfect days” a year, days where participants cannot imagine it “going any better than they did.”

What the perfect day looks like

In the survey of 2,000 Americans, here is what the perfect day looked like to the majority of them:

  • Waking up at 8:15 a.m.
  • Clear skies with a temperature of 74 degrees
  • 2 friends seen
  • 3 hours spent socializing
  • 2 hours spend eating
  • 4 hours of relaxation
  • 4 hours spent with family
  • In bed at 10:50 p.m.

Although we cannot expect to apply these formulaic answers to our own lives and expect a perfect day, these “perfect day” answers show that it does not take much for us to feel good. It does not need to involve expensive, fancy activities — just spending quality time with our loved ones and ourselves is enough for us to feel good about our day.

Typically, a perfect day will not be found when we are office drones at work, but at home when we are relaxing and socializing with our friends and family, highlighting the need for us to create a work-family balance so that we can be put in the position to have a better than average day.

Understandably, some days are outside of our control to make great. A gloomy morning is not likely to make us feel good. Forty-six percent of us said that a beautiful, sunny day was enough to make us feel happier and perk up our mood.

And out of the 40 top mood-boosting options, the top answer for what would put participants in a better mood involved the luck of finding money in their pocket they didn’t know they had. But if you are not lucky enough to find random money, try just taking it easy. Being able to sleep in and lying in bed listening to rain fall outside were the other top two mood-boosting answers participants gave.

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