Researchers have discovered the top 50 ‘little things’ UK adults most look forward to

Including getting into bed with fresh sheets, sitting down in front of the TV at the end of a long day and putting your PJs on.
A study of 2,000 adults revealed the everyday moments people yearn for such as having a bath, reading in bed, and simply tucking into your evening meal.

Kicking off your shoes when you get home and putting fresh washing away were other small moments that bring daily joy.

Meeting friends for a catch-up and sipping your morning beverage also featured highly, with 63 per cent saying their mood perks up after the first drink of the day – which was found to typically be enjoyed at 8.53am.

The research, commissioned by Costa Coffee which is offering a free coffee via its app throughout July, also found 78 per cent believe it’s important to treat themselves to the things that make them happy each day.

And as routines begin to get back to normal, Brits are venturing back out to other moments they look forward to, such as socialising with friends and eating out in cafes and restaurants.

Spending time with the wider family, going to the gym, watching a movie at the cinema and enjoying barista coffee were also among the other small joys missed by many in recent months.

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It also emerged the average adult will experience four 'highs' each day – including getting an early night and getting the kids to bed on time.

And since lockdown, six in 10 have found themselves looking forward to the smaller, everyday moments more than ever before, with these highlights causing feelings of ‘relaxation’ and ‘contentment’.

But these highs are balanced out by an average of four ‘lows’, such as getting stuck in traffic, being late for work or forgetting their wallet.

"A barista-crafted morning or afternoon pick-me-up has clearly been missed by millions and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to our stores."


1. Watching evening TV2. Going to sleep3. Eating an evening meal4. Getting into bed with fresh bedding5. Sitting down with a cup of tea/coffee in peace6. Putting your feet up and sitting on the sofa in the evening7. Going for a walk8. Having a cup of tea9. Watching another episode of a TV series10. Sitting in the garden11. Having a shower12. Watching a film13. Eating lunch14. Taking your shoes off knowing your not leaving the house again15. The first morning coffee16. Reading in bed in the evening17. Eating breakfast food18. Getting into bed with your partner19. Having a bath20. Meeting friends for a catch up21. Putting pyjamas on22. Pouring a glass of wine23. Changing from work clothes to loungewear24. Finishing a chapter of a book25. Listening to the radio26. Turning your work laptop/computer off for the day27. Taking your bra off28. Driving your car29. Taking your dog for a walk30. Taking a trip to a café with friends31. Cooking for others32. Finishing a workout33. Spending money34. Going to a café for brunch35. Putting fresh washing away36. Going to the gym37. Playing with your kids38. Going for a bike ride39. Buying a barista coffee40. Getting dressed in smart/fancy clothes41. Listening to a podcast42. Going for a run43. Taking make up off44. Hanging up the phone on your last work call of the day45. Doing your night time skin care regime46. Putting your kids to bed47. Applying your make up48. Seeing your colleagues49. Styling your hair50. Reading your kids a bedtime story


1. Going to a restaurant2. Meeting friends for a catch up3. Spending time with wider family4. Eating lunch out5. Having a pint at the pub6. Taking a trip to a café with friends7. Going to the cinema8. Going to a café for brunch9. Buying a barista coffee from a café10. Going to the gym

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