The Average Brit Spends 1 Year and 8 Months of their Life in a Bad Mood


The average Brit will spend a year and eight months of their life – in a bad mood, a study has found.

Each day sees the average adult down in the dumps for a total of 41 minutes thanks to things such as a bad night’s sleep, technology problems, bad manners and the weather.

That amounts to almost five hours a week or ten days of every year in a grump.

Over the average adult lifetime, that’s the equivalent of one year, eight months and 19 days spent in a bad mood.

A lack of money, cold calls and poor manners also put people in a bad mood.

It also emerged two thirds of people would admit to being a moody person.

Dr Jen Tan a spokesman for A.Vogel Herbal Remedies which commissioned the research, said: “It’s the everyday things that add up on a daily basis that grind us down; from technology not working to rudeness that affect our moods.

“It is surprising, however, to see that when you add it all up, it amounts to quite a large chunk of our time.

“Some bad moods are for justifiable reasons, but there are many small and seemingly insignificant things which can leave us feeling blue.

“Simply encountering someone with bad manners, or being stuck in traffic on the way to work can really set the tone of your mood for the rest of day.

Other bad moods can be put down to tiredness, feeling under the weather and fluctuating hormones due to PMS or the menopause.”

The study, of 2,000 adults, found a bad night’s sleep is most likely to be the cause of a bad mood, followed by technology problems, an argument with a partner and other people’s lack of manners.

Rude staff came fifth, with a stressful day at work, having no money, rain and cold calls close behind,

Traffic jams completed the top ten.

Other causes of a bad mood include walking behind dawdlers, negativity, long queues and stepping in dog’s mess.

US President-elect Donald Trump came in at number 24 in the list – ahead of PMS, people talking in the cinema and being hungover.

A lack of sex, self-scanning tills and going to make a cup of tea but discovering the milk has gone off are also among the top 50 things most likely to result in a bad mood.

Worryingly, the study found almost half of Brits admit they have days where they feel like they are in a bad mood from the moment they wake up until they finally go to bed that night.

And two thirds have moods where they feel grumpy – but for no reason at all.

But as a result of their bad mood, 44 per cent say they have ended up arguing with their partner, while another 20 per cent admit they tell their children off more than usual.

Others have made mistakes at work, had a disagreement with a colleague or even ended a relationship while in a grump.

But a simple cuddle was found to be the best way of breaking out of a bad mood, followed by laughing with a friend, going for a walk and listening to music.

Chocolate, a glass of beer or wine and an early night also help get over the blues.

Psychologist and author of ‘The Menopause Maze’ Dr Meg Arroll commented on the research findings: “As well as everyday problems the research did indicate that, for women especially, irritability is linked to PMS and menopause symptoms with a nearly half of those surveyed admitting that they have experienced these symptoms for more a decade.

“What’s telling is that people are suffering with emotional lability without received support.

“Over eighty-eight per cent of those asked are not getting treatment for their mood issues and PMS / Menopause symptoms and suffering in silence.

“However, there are adjunct traditional herbal medicines that contain ingredients that can help with particular symptoms.

“For instance, A.Vogel’s Dormeasan contains valerian root which can aid sleep and Agnus Castus extract has been shown to help alleviate mood swings in PMS.”


Top 50 bad mood triggers


  1. A bad night’s sleep
  2. Technology problems
  3. An argument with your partner
  4. Poor manners – please thank you, holding door open etc
  5. Rude staff
  6. A stressful day at work
  7. Having no money
  8. Rain
  9. Cold calls
  10. Traffic jams
  11. An unexpected bill
  12. Walking behind really slow people
  13. Negativity
  14. Cold weather
  15. People bumping into you and not saying sorry
  16. Call centres
  17. Long queues in shops
  18. Stepping in dog mess
  19. Your boss
  20. Getting splashed by a passing car
  21. A late night
  22. Hunger
  23. Public transport delays
  24. Being too hot
  25. Jobsworths
  26. Donald Trump
  27. PMS
  28. The items you want being out of stock
  29. People talking loudly in the cinema
  30. Bad weather on holiday
  31. Clothes not fitting properly
  32. Children not doing what they told
  33. Not being appreciated at work
  34. People using their phones while eating
  35. Spilling something on a new item of clothing
  36. Not having WiFi
  37. Old people driving
  38. Being hungover
  39. People speaking loudly on the tube/train or bus in the morning
  40. Getting in trouble at work
  41. Shops being closed when you arrive
  42. An inactive sex life
  43. Missing a train
  44. Having a bad hair day
  45. Self-scanning tills in shops
  46. Getting a bad spot
  47. Running out of loo roll
  48. Making a cup of tea only to find the milk has run out or gone off
  49. Friends cancelling a social engagement
  50. Piers Morgan

Bad mood breakers


  1. A cuddle
  2. Laughing with a friend
  3. Going for a walk
  4. Listening to music
  5. Chocolate
  6. A glass of wine/beer
  7. Having a nice meal
  8. A long hot bath
  9. An early night
  10. A lie in

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