Research Reveals The Things Most Likely To Trigger A Bad Mood
New research has finally offered up a potential answer to the question 'why am I in such a foul mood all the time?'
Yes, some bright spark has actually tried to put together a 50-point list of things that are guaranteed to throw you into a proper mard. So, this Monday - when else? - let's see what is really the reason that Britain is so pissed off all the time.
First off, sleeping badly. It's so simple, yet so infuriating. The study, which surveyed 2,000 adults to see what made them seethe, found poor sleep to be the main cause of ire in the UK today.
In fact, a lot of the big hitters are pretty predictable.
Stepping in dog shit is in at number two - rather aptly - while there are also appearances from things like feeling a bit under the weather, being late for an appointment, and having to drag your sorry arse out of a warm bed on a cold morning.
So far, so simple, right?
Things start to get a bit more abstract as you go down the list. For example, take people spoiling a TV show for you (number 38) or going on Facebook and realising how pointless is it (number 45).
This particular piece of indispensable research was performed by Phillips Hue smart lighting and OnePoll.com.
They found that while the average Briton spends just one hour and 52 minutes in a bad mood, just under half spend their whole day - from getting out of bed to getting back in - under a cloud.
That takes some serious effort.
Interestingly, they also discovered that six out of 10 Brits suffer from 'Winter Blues'.
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A Phillips Hue spokesperson said: "Winter can be a dreary and difficult time - the weather is often cold and wet, we have no money and everyone is generally in a grump.
"This means many more things than usual can put us into a bad mood, something that's not helped by the dark mornings and evenings.
"Lighting not only effects visual conditions, it also influences our biological functions and emotions, while colour is thought to have a huge effect on our moods."
Who would have thought that research by a lighting company would have revealed lighting as a potential solution? The mind boggles.
However, there is a bit of science behind it. They also asked colour psychologist (yes, that's a thing) Karen Haller to produce a mood board with some suggestions to ensure that we see the right colour to keep us in a good frame of mind.
Haller explained: "Colour is not just a visual stimulus. Colour influences how we feel, think and behave.
"We respond to colour and the combination of colours in our environment throughout the day. We don't even realise we are doing it.
"We are typically only 20 percent conscious of the colour choices we make, from getting the colour of our morning cuppa just right to the colours we choose to wear, and which tube line to take."
That explains my predilection towards wearing black every single day of my life. However, it's incredibly difficult to step in dog shit if you're staring miserably at your feet.
Every cloud, eh?
Here's the full list, by the way:
1. A bad night's sleep
2. Treading in dog mess
3. Having an argument with your partner
4. Getting ill
5. Computer not working
6. When your partner is in a bad mood and brings you down with them
8. A bad day at work
9. Losing your wallet
10. The boiler breaking down
11. Losing your keys
12. Being late for an appointment
13. Checking your bank account and seeing much less than you'd expected
14. Having to get out of a warm bed on a cold day
15. Winter in general
16. When your public transport doesn't arrive
17. When someone is late to meet you
18. Waking up in the morning and it still being dark outside
19. Not seeing the sun all day during winter
20. Getting a stain on a new top
21. Someone saying something negative about your appearance
22. People talking about Brexit
23. Getting lost
24. Forgetting to set your alarm and oversleeping
25. Getting rained on while walking to work
26. A bad haircut
27. Phone battery running low
28. A bad hair day
29. A bad skin day
30. Having no phone signal
31. Your phone battery dying when you're out
32. Getting to the car and realising you have to de-ice the windows
33. Icy roads
34. When it's only just been payday but you're already low on cash
35. When you order clothes online and they don't fit
36. Having to stay late at work
37. Your umbrella blowing inside out
38. People spoiling a TV show you haven't seen yet
39. Realising your holiday is still months away
40. Back seat drivers
41. Getting toothpaste on your top as you're about to leave the house
42. Your football team losing
43. Making a cup of tea and realising you've got no milk
44. Losing a glove
45. Going on Facebook and realising how pointless it is
46. Burning your toast
47. Losing the TV remote
48. Not being able to find your glasses
49. Being on a diet/health kick
50. Feeling pale during winter
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