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.
“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
- A bad night's sleep
- Treading in dog mess
- Having an argument with your partner
- Getting ill
- Computer not working
- When your partner is in a bad mood and brings you down with them
- A bad day at work
- Losing your wallet
- The boiler breaking down
- Losing your keys
- Being late for an appointment
- Checking your bank account and seeing much less than you'd expected
- Having to get out of a warm bed on a cold day
- Winter in general
- When your public transport doesn't arrive
- When someone is late to meet you
- Waking up in the morning and it still being dark outside
- Not seeing the sun all day during winter
- Getting a stain on a new top
- Someone saying something negative about your appearance
- People talking about Brexit
- Getting lost
- Forgetting to set your alarm and oversleeping
- Getting rained on while walking to work
- A bad haircut
- Phone battery running low
- A bad hair day
- A bad skin day
- Having no phone signal
- Your phone battery dying when you're out
- Getting to the car and realising you have to de-ice the windows
- Icy roads
- When it's only just been payday but you're already low on cash
- When you order clothes online and they don't fit
- Having to stay late at work
- Your umbrella blowing inside out
- People spoiling a TV show you haven't seen yet
- Realising your holiday is still months away
- Back seat drivers
- Getting toothpaste on your top as you're about to leave the house
- Your football team losing
- Making a cup of tea and realising you've got no milk
- Losing a glove
- Going on Facebook and realising how pointless it is
- Burning your toast
- Losing the TV remote
- Not being able to find your glasses
- Being on a diet / health kick
- Feeling pale during winter
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