Shotley peninsula ideally placed to fulfil the nation’s favourite ways to lift its mood


8th May 2022 | Local Features

Lift your mood with a good walk
Lift your mood with a good walk

By Charlotte Minett

With its miles of countryside, beaches refreshment stops, book and flower shops and bakeries, the Felixstowe peninsula is perfectly placed to find happiness.

Researchers have found the top ways for people to lift their moods include having a hot drink in a café, enjoying a walk in the countryside, a slice of cake - and buying fresh flowers.

A poll of 2,000 adults identified the little things people build into their routines to put a smile on their faces.

Reading a book (36 per cent), spending time with friends (29 per cent), and playing a song that brings back happy memories (28 per cent) all feature in the top 20.

Coffee and cake a little delight (Picture credit: Peninsula Nub news)

Around two thirds (64 per cent) regularly set aside time to enjoy a little pick me up.

More than three quarters (77 per cent) consider these 'rewarding rituals' to be an important part of maintaining or improving wellbeing.

And 46 per cent value having something to look forward to - no matter how big or small.

Nic Moran, from M&S Club Rewards, which commissioned the research, said: "It is often the small things that can bring the most joy on a daily basis."

Happiness is... Coffee and cake a little delight (Picture credit: Peninsula Nub news)


1. Watching your favourite TV show

2. A hot drink i.e. cup of tea or coffee enjoyed in a cafe

3. Enjoying a piece/bar of chocolate

4. A walk in the countryside or river bank

5. Reading a great book

6. Enjoying a slice of cake

7. Spending time with friends

8. Getting a takeaway

9. Meeting a friend for something to eat/drink

10. Playing a song that brings back happy memories

Cake and book - perfect (Picture credit: Peninsula Nub news)

*Where is your favourite place to chill out on the Felixstowe peninsula?


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