A study of 2,000 adults found 77 per cent believe summer 2021 will improve the mood of the nation.
And more than half said this year’s British Summer Time – which begins this weekend – will mean more to them than ever before.
As a result, Brits can’t wait for weekend breaks, sitting in pub gardens and a trip to the hairdressers once the restrictions are eased.
It also emerged that the beginning of summer time signifies positivity (40 per cent), happiness (33 per cent) and a new start (21 per cent) to those polled.
More than two thirds are more excited for summer this year than previous years because they can spend time outside with family and friends (45 per cent), escape their home (37 per cent) and travel (40 per cent).
Kim Priest, spokesperson for centre:mk (https://www.centremk.com/), which commissioned the study, said: “The research illustrates how important the little things we used to take for granted now mean more to us than ever before.
“From small things like a hug with a member of the family, browsing in a shop or going for brunch, the focus on social interaction holds lots of opportunities and is key to high street reinvention.
“It’s clear to see just how excited people are to get back to normality and socialising again.
“Many are also keen to reinvent themselves – the study shows that people are really looking forward to a trip to the hairdressers or barbers and buying new things like clothes, accessories and makeup.”
The study also found people typically hope to attend three social events each week when they can.
Dining out (47 per cent), shopping in store rather than online (31 per cent) and going on dates (13 per cent) were among the anticipated activities Brits hope to try and do more of when ‘normal’ life resumes.
When it comes to socialising, people are also looking forward to hugging others (43 per cent), making small talk with strangers (23 per cent) and even attending group exercise classes again (13 per cent).
And 13 per cent are eager to return to the routine of after work drinks and one in 10 are even looking forward to face-to-face meetings.
Others are looking forward to spending their summer visiting the pub (26 per cent) and heading to the seaside (24 per cent).
A further 57 per cent of adults are ready to be more spontaneous this summer and 82 per cent plan to be more positive about everyday activities in the future.
It also emerged that top of summer shopping lists are plants (23 per cent), a summer dress (13 per cent) and sunglasses (13 per cent).
Almost half (48 per cent) of those polled via OnePoll, also plan to wear more colourful clothing this summer than usual, in order to feel positive (49 per cent) and spread happiness after the past year (26 per cent).
TOP 40 ‘LITTLE THINGS’ BRITS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SUMMER:
1. Longer days and sunny evenings
2. Blue skies
3. Visiting somewhere by the sea
4. Sitting in a pub garden
5. A weekend break
6. A trip to the countryside
7. A more positive mood
8. Eating food you have not cooked
9. Going to the hairdressers/barbers
10. Browsing shops
11. Having a barbeque
12. A holiday abroad
13. Getting a tan / summer glow
14. Going for brunch
15. Visiting a museum or gallery
17. Trying on clothes in a shop
18. A theatre show
19. Attending a music event/concert
20. Sitting outside on your lunch break
21. Going to the zoo / an animal farm
22. Attending a sporting event
23. Hearing an ice cream van
24. Watching a blockbuster on a big screen
25. After work drinks
26. Wearing bright colours
27. Going to the gym/group classes
28. Dressing to impress
29. Getting beauty treatments e.g. nails, eyelashes
30. A big birthday party e.g. 40th
31. Going on a date
32. A spa day
33. Face-to-face work meetings
34. Tasting other people’s baking
35. Theme Park rides
36. A wedding
37. Long lunches with colleagues/clients
38. Planning outfits for the week ahead
39. Working from anywhere but home
40. Going to the fair