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Meeting friends for a catch-up and sipping your morning beverage also featured highly, with 63 percent saying their mood perks up after the first drink of the day – which was found to typically be enjoyed at 8.53am. The research, commissioned by Costa Coffee which is offering a free coffee via its app throughout July, also found 78 percent believe it’s important to treat themselves to the things that make them happy each day.
And as routines begin to get back to normal, Britons are venturing back out to other moments they look forward to, such as socialising with friends and eating out in cafes and restaurants.
Spending time with the wider family, going to the gym, watching a film at the cinema and enjoying barista coffee were also among the other small joys missed by many in recent months.
It also emerged the average adult will experience four “highs” each day – including getting an early night and getting the kids to bed on time.
And since lockdown, six in 10 have found themselves looking forward to the smaller, everyday moments more than ever before, with these highlights causing feelings of “relaxation” and “contentment”.
But these highs are balanced out by an average of four “lows”, such as getting stuck in traffic, being late for work or forgetting their wallet.
The study, carried out via OnePoll, also revealed that the average adult typically goes for a lunchtime walk at 1.07pm, changes out of work clothes at 6.37pm and finally switches off at 8.05pm.
And 5.11pm was the average time Brits look forward to most in the day – aligning with the end of the standard working day.
Neil Lake, the managing director of Costa Coffee UK&I, said: “With many stores now safely re-opened, you can now enjoy relaxing in store and catching up with family and friends – simple pleasures that we all perhaps previously took for granted.
“To help you enjoy more of these missed moments, as well as a free drink, we’re also passing back the VAT saving to customers and, from the August 3-31, will be operating the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
“We hope that customers not only enjoy treating themselves to a drink, on us, but also look forward to meeting up with friends and family in-store again.
“A barista-crafted morning or afternoon pick-me-up has clearly been missed by millions and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to our stores.”
Top 20 things Britons look forward to in a typical day
1. Watching evening TV
2. Going to sleep
3. Eating an evening meal
4. Getting into bed with fresh bedding
5. Sitting down with a cup of tea/coffee in peace
6. Putting your feet up and sitting on the sofa in the evening
7. Going for a walk
8. Having a cup of tea
9. Watching another episode of a TV series
10. Sitting in the garden
11. Having a shower
12. Watching a film
13. Eating lunch
14. Taking your shoes off knowing your not leaving the house again
15. The first morning coffee
16. Reading in bed in the evening
17. Eating breakfast food
18. Getting into bed with your other half
19. Having a bath
20. Meeting friends for a catch up
Top 10 things Britons missed most during lockdown
1. Going to a restaurant
2. Meeting friends for a catch up
3. Spending time with wider family
4. Eating lunch out
5. Having a pint in the pub
6. Taking a trip to a café with friends
7. Going to the cinema
8. Going to a café for brunch
9. Buying a barista coffee from a café
10. Going to the gym
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