A bad night’s sleep, arguing with a partner and losing the house keys are among the things most likely to put Brits in a bad mood, according to research.
A study of 2,000 adults has revealed the top 50 things guaranteed to turn your mood sour with getting ill, bad traffic and a grumpy partner also featuring.
Other things likely to contribute to crankiness are being late for an appointment, getting out of a warm bed on a cold day and backseat drivers.
It also emerged the average adult will spend an hour and 52 minutes a day in a bad mood, with just under half admitting they have days where they are in a bad mood from the minute they wake up to the minute they go to bed.
However, two thirds of those polled agreed good weather really helps lift their mood, a quarter like bright lighting and a fifth feel happier when in colourful rooms.
A spokesman for Philips Hue smart lighting, which commissioned the research, said: "Winter can be a dreary and difficult time – the weather is often cold and wet, we have no money and everyone is generally in a grump.
“This means many more things than usual can put us into a bad mood, something that’s not helped by the dark mornings and evenings.
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“Lighting not only effects visual conditions, it also influences our biological functions and emotions, while colour is thought to have a huge effect on our moods.”
Other bad mood triggers include getting a stain on a new top, someone saying something negative about your appearance and having a bad skin or hair day.
Burning the toast, the phone battery dying out and oversleeping also feature in the list – and football fans admit their day is ruined if their favourite team loses.
While the computer not working and seeing your bank account statement can really bring people down.
The time of the year can have an impact on how people are feeling though, as having to get up in the morning when it is still dark outside, an umbrella blowing inside out and having to de-ice car windows all bring people down.
These feelings can cause as many as four in 10 to have arguments with a partner, and a fifth will tell the children off for little things which wouldn’t usually bother them.
Work can also be affected – as 15 per cent of those polled by OnePoll.com have been known to make mistakes when in a mood and 13 per cent have had disagreements with colleagues.
However, many believe their bad moods can be relieved by being exposed to blues and greens, as these are considered the most relaxing colours, while black and red are the least calming.
To demonstrate how light can help enhance mood, improve sleep, productivity and concentration, Philips Hue have worked with applied colour psychologist Karen Haller to produce a mood chart with ‘light recipe’ suggestions.
These include ‘balance’ to help adults recover from the stresses of everyday life, ‘uplift’ for positivity and ‘hangfree’ to cure a hangover.
Karen Haller said: “Colour is not just a visual stimulus. Colour influences how we feel, think and behave.
“We respond to colour and the combination of colours in our environment throughout the day. We don’t even realise we are doing it.
“We are typically only 20 per cent conscious of the colour choices we make, from getting the colour of our morning cuppa just right to the colours we choose to wear, and which tube line to take.”
Top 50 Bad Mood Triggers