survey: October 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg Finding a £10 note in an old pair of jeans and being told you've lost weight are among life's greatest pleasure triggers, it's been found.
 

A study of 3,000 adults revealed simple pleasures such as getting into a bed with freshly washed sheets and seeing an old couple holding hands also help to brighten our day.
 
Sunshine was found to be largely responsible for our good mood - such as waking up to a sunny day, sitting in the sun and driving with the car windows down on a sunny day all appearing in the top 20.
 
Other happy moments include being surprised with flowers or chocolates, getting a nice message or cuddle from a loved one, or getting a thank you card in the post.
 
Unfortunately for many, the hustle and bustle of everyday life means the average person is only happy for half the week.

275x250.jpgA string of traditionally British words such as 'cripes' and 'balderdash' are dying out amid the popularity of shortened text-style terms, it's been found.
 

Experts found a significant decrease in the use of words which our parents and grandparents would have uttered on an almost daily basis.
 
73% of people agree language has changed in recent years, with the character limit on Twitter and when sending text-messages believed to be behind the trend.

Other words which have fallen by the wayside amid the LOL generation are 'rambunctious', 'verily', 'salutations' and 'betwixt'.
 
While a quarter of Brits say they now use text speak like 'lol' only 10% have said 'fiddlesticks' and 25% of people have never said 'oopsy-daisy'.

275x250.jpgAlmost a third of Brits are ‘unhappy’ with their job and wish they did something else for a living, it's been found.

A study into the attitudes we hold about work found that 31% of us are unhappy and 7% go a step further saying they ‘hate’ their current job.

But it's not all bad news, 22% of the 1,271 polled said they 'love' their job and 1 in 10 feel that have landed their ‘dream job’.

Asked to elaborate on why they were unhappy in their job, 29% said it was because the role was not challenging enough.

A further 34% of those who claimed to be ‘unhappy’ in their job stated that it was because they felt ‘bored’. In contrast 12% said they were ‘unhappy’ because their position was ‘too difficult’.

Most women have given their man a makeover

200x175.jpgSeven out of ten women have 'done a Liz Hurley' - and given their man a makeover to improve his image, it has been found.
 

Researchers found millions of women have copied Hurley's remoulding of lover Shane Warne by altering their man's hair, weight, lifestyle or eating habits.
 
Others have made dress sense their first priority, encouraging him to ditch scruffy jeans and tatty shirts for smarter, more presentable clobber.
 
Shedding unsightly beards or growing trendy stubble are also common issues which women address within weeks of meeting a new partner.
 
Other 'issues' women like to address include shoe choice, hygiene, diet, financial responsibility and alcohol intake… making you wonder what they ever saw in him in the first place.

275x250.jpgMillions of married women would rather spend time with their girlfriends than their husbands, a study has revealed.
 

Researchers found man women would prefer to spend a day off with their best friend because they were more fun, more likely to indulge in an exchange of gossip.
 
Shopping, going to a day spa, or having a meal and a glass of wine topped the list of activities women preferred to do in their spare time.

Nearly a third of 3,000 women polled agreed they think their girlfriends are much better company than their partner is.

And 60% of women say they prefer to go shopping with their girlfriends because they trust friends’ advice more… and don't have to pretend everything is cheap. 

275x250.jpg Research has found that women look their best for just two hours and 22 minutes of the average working day.
 

A study found the beautifully styled hairdo and fully made-up face perfected in front of the bathroom mirror is history by precisely 10.13am.
 
That's the point when the typical woman's professional, polished image is replaced by worn-off lipstick, smudged eye make-up and dishevelled hair.
 
The poll of 2,000 women also found the average female feels she needs to apply fresh make-up or restyle her hair again at 11.44am.

And 43 per cent said they were aware they looked like a 'different woman' after a long day in the office.

275x250.jpgTuesday is the worst day of the week to start dieting, research has revealed… so sit back, have a biscuit, and read about why this is.

Women who start counting calories on a Tuesday were found to typically give up in under a week, often ending up heavier than when they started out.
 
By contrast, those who begin their battle of the bulge on a Monday are most likely to shed the most weight, losing on average eight pounds over a three week period.
 
The study of 2,000 Brits who have been on a diet within the last year also found those who start their diet on a Saturday have a clear goal in mind and are more likely to see the dieting commitment through to the end.

Meanwhile, Sunday dieters are also less likely to fall prey to the yo-yo dieting cycle, with an impressive 88 per cent keeping off the weight they lose.

275x250.jpg Soldiers and nurses should earn more money than politicians, according to a new opinion poll.
 

Researchers found the general public believe the financial reward for putting your life on the line - or saving a life - should far outweigh that of an MP.
 
The report showed three quarters of us believe squaddies should pocket an average of £63,491-a-year for fighting for their country, while nurses should earn close to £54,000.
 
By contrast only 23 per cent said politicians were worth their £65,000-a-year salary.
 
It also emerged most of us believe Prime Minister David Cameron should pick up around £91,003 each year - around £50,000 LESS than his current £142,500 wage packet.
 

275x250.jpgMen are now as worried as women about being ripped off by dodgy motor maintenance garages, it has been found.
 

Traditionally, women have been more intimidated when taking a car in for a service amid fears rogue traders will baffle them with car jargon and charge the earth for the work.
 
But research found men now suffer the same anxieties due to a lack of knowledge of what goes on beneath the bonnet.
 
The report also found millions of men struggle to identify where the screen wash is located, how to check the oil and change a light bulb.

And shockingly, one in five men didn't even know how to release the bonnet... we can't imagine why they'd be worried about being ripped off!

275x250.jpg31% of small business owners admit to ‘favouring’ certain staff members, it has been discovered.

In a bid to discover more about workplace relations, a human resources consultancy conducted a study aimed at discovering more about employers’ attitudes towards their staff.

1,092 employers were asked questions about how they felt about their staff, as well as questions about general relations within the workplace.

It was found that almost a third admitted favouring some staff -- with most claiming this was because of their stronger work ethic’ or ‘sense of humour in the work place’.

So if you want favourable treatment at the office we suggest you either work harder or try to make the boss laugh -- we know what we're going for! Did you hear the one about...

275x250.jpgDespite most parents agonising over choosing the right names for their children, many end up regretting' the name, it's been found.

A study of more than 1,000 parents recently discovered that 8% wish they had picked another name for their little ones.

Of those, the majority, 53%, said they felt this way because they'd chosen a name that was ‘fashionable’ at the time, but wasn't now.

However 32%, of said they regretted their child’s first name because it had since become a very common name for children and it no longer felt unique.

While 41% of parents had decided upon a name before their child was born, 6% said it took them over a week of deliberating to pick.


275x250.jpgA surprising number of British adults are scared of the dark, it has been found.

Researchers found around four out of ten of us (that's nearly 20 million British adults) are fearful of wandering around the house with the lights off.
 
Watching a scary movie, being home alone and hearing strange noises in the middle of the night are cited as the biggest causes of the irrational fear.
 
It also emerged one in ten people are so scared of the dark they wouldn't even get up for the toilet once all the lights are out.

And one in ten parents would prefer to let the children fend for themselves in the night-time than get up to see what was wrong.
 

275x250.jpgA study into mens' memory has discovered 12% of blokes don't know their mother's birthday… and that 6% don’t know their partner’s.

1,231 men were recently quizzed about the important dates they could recall off the top of their head, and the results weren't great.
 
7% claimed they could only remember their own birthday with many not able to name the date their friends, family and partners were born.

Anniversaries proved the most commonly forgotten dates and while 41% said it was because they didn’t have the dates ‘written down’, 11% said their other half would remind them.

However,38% of the respondents said that they ‘always ensured’ they knew the date of their supported football team’s ‘first match of the season’.

275x250.jpgBritish women have a staggering £217 million stashed away to spend on their dream handbag, it has been found.

A recent study into saving habits discovered one in ten have an average of £87 hidden from their partner which they plan to blow on a bag. That's £217m nationally.

Other women were found to have secret funds for new shoes, weekend breaks - and even plastic surgery - which they top up randomly.
 
It was also found 35 percent of women are saving for a holiday, and that one in 20 are currently putting cash aside for a boob job or other form of plastic surgery.
 
A similar number have a big night out planned with the girls, while eight per cent have their eye on a special pair of shoes.




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