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Family is the key to happiness, according to Brits.

A study of 2,000 people has revealed their checklist for living the happiest life you can, with quality time with the family, time to yourself and catching up with good friends are all prioritised as the top things which make us happy.

Time outdoors, indulging in a tasty, healthy meal and a good night’s sleep also ranked among the top things we do to raise our spirits.

Making time for your hobby and discovering something new are also considered important.

The study, commissioned by seeded bread brand Burgen, also found one in five Brits spend less than 30 minutes a day doing things which make them happy.

Burgen has teamed up with TV star and well-being advocate Melanie Sykes and Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert to urge Brits to take a positive look at their lifestyles.

Melanie Sykes said: “Over the past 10 years I’ve focused on going for the ‘good stuff,’ adopting a healthy attitude towards food and keeping fit with regular exercise.

“I have learnt to stop saying ‘yes’ to everything and give myself enough time to unwind and focus on me.

“For me, it’s about making time to discover new things that I will enjoy.

”Whether that’s playing around in the kitchen with new ingredients or throwing myself into a new workout routine.

“Hopefully this research will motivate others to make time to start their own journey of discovery and spend more time on the ‘good stuff’.”

The study also found 95 per cent of the 2,000 Brits polled believe making enough time for the ‘good stuff’ and things you enjoy is important for leading a happy life.

More than a third regularly fear they are missing out on living their best life, with three in five on the lookout for more things in life to enjoy.

Despite citing catching up with their mates as one of life’s greatest pleasures, the average adult will meet with friends just once a week.

Though they will make time to touch base with their family around the dinner table four times a week on average.

The nationwide survey, conducted by, also revealed that 33 is the age where we begin to feel the benefits leading a healthy life has on our mood.

Despite this, two thirds find eating healthily generally helps to lift their mood, and the average Brit will turn to food four times a week to raise their spirits.

Rhiannon Lambert said: “It’s such a simple change, but making sure we get enough of ‘the good stuff’ in our diets can improve the quality of our lives, inside and out.

“A balanced diet can actively help improve our health, but the research also demonstrates the impact some thoughtful food choices can have on our mental well-being.”

Taking a view on what we are eating, lack of clarity on what is and isn’t ‘good’ for us has had an impact on our food choices, according to the study.

One in five believe that bread is bad for you. Furthermore, a third confess to purposely cutting the staple out of their diet – with the hope that it will maintain a healthy weight.

On the announcement of the ambassador partnerships, Hope said: “We’re excited to be working with Melanie and Rhiannon as part of our #DiscoverBurgen campaign.

“Together we hope to help dispel some of the myths surrounding health and wellness, particularly around carbohydrates and bread.”




1. Quality time with family

2. Time to yourself

3. Time with friends

4. More time outdoors

5. Sleep

6. Indulging in your hobby

7. Tasty food that’s good for you

8. Discovering something new

9. Eating healthily

10. Exercising


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