Top 'simple pleasures'

British consumers were asked to name the simple things that make life more pleasurable.

22% of us chose laughter as our most important simple pleasure, whether that be sharing a good laugh with our best mates or catching a top comedian’s tour.

Immediately behind that, was sharing great food with great friends (21%). We love to sit, eat, drink and talk around a table and it’s even better enjoyed out in the fresh air.

In third place, according to those taking part in the poll, was receiving a hug (19%).

1. Laughing - 22%
2. Sharing great food with great friends - 21%
3. Receiving a hug - 19%
4. Feeling the warmth of the sun on your face - 10%
5. Taking time out with a good book - 8%
6. Walking on the beach - 7%
7. Laying in freshly laundered sheets - 5%
8. Watching a spectacular sunset - 3%
9. Reminiscing over old photographs - 3%
10. Catching the smell of freshly cut grass - 1%

Other votes included things like having a lie-in, peeling an apple in a single strip, getting some peace and quiet and staring at the night sky.

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