A SURVEY has pinpointed the exact time Scots are at their unhappiest and what they do to improve their day.
The research, from Plusnet, has pinpointed that 11:30am is the worst time of the week.
But it may just be the Monday blues in general with only 23 per cent saying they feel happy before midday. The good news is that Scots are likely to feel happiest at 2:43pm.
Also 90 per cent of people believe that there are little things that can lift your mood on a bad day.
The top 10 small things that will improve your day in Scotland
1. Doing a good deed for somebody (49 per cent)
Holding open a door or saying “good morning” can make a real difference to someone’s day; and the good news is that it will make you feel better too!
2. Random acts of kindness from strangers (43 per cent)
3. Stumbling across a bargain (41 per cent)
4. Spontaneous hug (38 per cent)
5. Being greeted by a pet (38 per cent)
6. A compliment from a stranger (37 per cent)
7. A car stopping so you can cross the road (36 per cent)
8. Getting a hand written letter in the post (32 per cent)
9. The bus driver waiting for you to catch the bus (32 per cent)
10. Receiving a ‘well done’ from your boss (32 per cent)
Scottish people are also a nation of manners, with 75 per cent of people being annoyed by others pushing in front of a queue, 74 per cent hating when others don’t say “thank you”, and 50 per cent getting aggravated by those who don’t allow people to get off the train before attempting to board.
Psychologist Jo Hemmings commented on the findings: “We think it’s the big things – the dream house, expensive holiday or flashy car – that make us happy, but the secret is so much simpler. Holding open a door or saying “good morning” can make a real difference to someone’s day; and the good news is that it will make you feel better too!
“Imagine how much happier we could be as a nation if we all took the time to appreciate the small things that people do for us and give a little back?”
Of those surveyed, specific examples of things that had brightened up their day included:
“When the shop assistant lets me take a whole trolley to the 10 items or less check out.”
“I was lost in Scotland and driving around and around a roundabout. A car flashed me to pull over, asked if I was lost, and drove about three miles out of their way to show me the correct route.”
“I realised I’d forgotten my purse when I got to the check out and a stranger paid for my shopping.”
“I left a very important diary in a hospital with no address or name inside. I phoned the hospital when I realised my loss and a nurse spent her own money anonymously and sent it back to me.”
“I was just popping into a café and a kind old lady offered me a card with a free coffee on it.”