Americans will try anything to improve their mood


What makes Americans’ days better? Finding money in your pocket, sleeping in without setting an alarm and lying in bed listening to the rain are the nation’s top three “mood boosters,” according to new research.

Petting a dog, performing small gestures of kindness and enjoying a freshly baked treat like blueberry pie also rank high on the list.

These mood boosters emerged from a study by the US Highbush Blueberry Councilexploring the tiny things in life that improve people’s moods – and what exactly constitutes a “perfect day.” The new survey of 2,000 Americans is part of the aptly named “Positively Bluetiful” campaign.

From walking into an air-conditioned room on a hot day to holding hands with someone you love, the list reveals that the smallest things can have the biggest impact on our moods.

In fact, almost half of Americans (46 percent) perk up simply from realizing that it’s a beautiful, sunny day.

Music makes for a mellow mood too – 37 percent agree that listening to your favorite album is enough to improve your day. Specifically, The Beatles were voted the top “mood-boosting” band or artist (32 percent), with The Eagles and Michael Jackson rounding out the top three.

Mood boosters can instantly turn your bad day into a good one. According to the study, the average American has 204 good days each year and 15 self-described “perfect days.”

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