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Chocolate, clean sheets and a cuddle – life’s little pleasures

Clean bed sheets, a cuddle with a partner and booking a holiday are among a list of the 50 most pleasurable things in life, a new study has revealed. Christmas dinners, chocolate and someone saying ‘I love you’ also made the list, as did country walks, catching up with old friends and getting a compliment. [...]


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Families gets just 36 minutes of quality time together each day

The average family manages just 36 minutes of quality time together a day, new research has revealed. A study found that hectic work schedules and the sheer volume of domestic chores leave little time for family fun. Researchers also found that a typical family will find time for just 15 days out together every year. [...]


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How to play pool, job-hunt and nap – what we really learn at university

The average graduate will leave university with a degree – and 50 vital life skills, including using a washing machine, making scrambled eggs and playing pub games, a study found. The true extent to which university years prepare students for an adult life of independence away from mum’s apron strings emerged from research carried out [...]


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I’ve got no signal and my battery died – modern-day excuses

Say goodbye to ‘the cheque is in the post’ – ‘I didn’t hear my phone ring’ and ‘I had no signal’ are now among modern life’s most common excuses, research has revealed. A study of 2,000 adults found the cliched excuses of old are dying off, being replaced with a string of more technology based [...]


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The bare necessities – chocolate, friends and tea for women, sausages and football for men

A cup of tea, good internet connection and a trustworthy best friend have been hailed as the bare necessities of modern life. Researchers compiled the top 20 list of the things we just can’t live without, following a study carried out among 2,000 adults aged between 18 and 65. It shows other items deemed ‘necessities’ [...]


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Life is harder for young people – and their parents agree

Life is harder for young people now than it was for the previous generation, new research has revealed. A detailed study found a large percentage of under 30s believe life is tougher now than it was for their parents – and they’re suffering as a result. The study showed than an overwhelming 68% of all [...]


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Seven mistakes- average Brit has seven major regrets in life

The average adult has seven major regrets – with starting smoking, not saving enough money or putting on weight likely to be top of the list, it has been revealed. A study of 2,000 adults revealed taking up smoking was the most common regret, with 88% of smokers wishing they had never started in the [...]


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Hair-brained- a third of women more concerned with appearance than career prospects

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One in three single ladies are more concerned about their appearance than their career prospects, research has revealed. When asked to consider their priorities in life, 41% of girls aged 18 to 25 admit they spend more time thinking about what they look like than working their way up the career ladder. Indeed, one in [...]


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An iPhone, reality TV and a competitive streak- the secrets to keeping young

Owning an iPhone, watching reality television and beating younger relatives at games are just some of the secrets to keeping young, it has been revealed. Surfing the web, spending time with the grandchildren or catching the eye of someone younger were also cited as big reasons to feel more alive. The study of 1,000 over 50’s found the secrets of youth people rely on to feel they are keeping ‘with it’- with having regular sex, fancying a younger celebrity and being on Facebook all likely to grant a burst of life. While anyone feeling a bit stale could benefit from knowing what Twitter is, sporting a leather jacket and trying yoga. The research, which was commissioned by leading health and wellbeing mutual organisation Benenden Healthcare, found one in five swears by a particular food, with broccoli, oats and blueberries the health boosts most swear by. Age is clearly just a number, with the average person claiming their youth secrets lead them to feeling 18 years younger than they actually are. Paul Keenan, External Affairs Manager for Benenden Healthcare, said: “The top 40 reasons we were given for staying young are certainly varied and provide a broad approach to living a full and vibrant life. “While a lot of staying young is down to individual attitude, it seems there are many common experiences people turn to reconnect with their youth or feel invigorated day to day. “Time spent with our younger friends and family members of course gives us a new perspective, while keeping up with technology and social trends clearly has a bearing on how in-touch a person considers themselves. “And it’s certainly true that things like trying new food, reading challenging books and even playing practical jokes are big contributors to feeling youthful.” Many of the “older” generation thought staying up past midnight led to feeling alive, while eating spicy food and keeping in touch with the local gossip are guaranteed to keep a person fresh. Using smartphone apps, eating chocolate and having a younger partner all appeared to keep many an over fifty in good nick. While living a little daringly keeps a person young - flirting with a stranger, reading an erotic novel and driving a little fast were all also named in the top 40 secrets. Nine in ten people thought that how old you feel as a person mostly depends on your outlook and attitude to life - 70 per cent also feel it’s crucial to laugh regularly. The average respondent was aged 59 – but the age people actually felt was 18 years younger at 41. And sometimes feeling young means not always playing by the rules -four in ten describe themselves as rebellious, with more than a quarter saying they’ve received ‘a telling off’ while in their fifties. In fact, it seems forty per cent of over fifties have trespassed somewhere and a quarter admits they’ve broken the law since hitting half a century. Playing practical jokes is also deemed important in the battle against old age – while 30% described themselves as risk takers overall. Three quarters don’t let their age stop them from making an effort to stay up to date by embracing new technology. Paul Keenan added: “Of course, it’s not so much about feeling young as it is about feeling content in life and making time to do the things that make you happy. “It can be a serious world and sometimes we can get wrapped up in it too much so it’s important not to lose sight of what keeps you feeling good about yourself. “Whether that’s dancing, keeping tabs with what’s deemed ‘trendy’ or simply enjoying games with younger relatives, taking time to remember what you enjoy about life is crucial to approaching it in the right way.” TOP 40 SECRETS TO FEELING YOUTHFUL 1. Trying new food 2. Surfing the web 3. Reading books that challenge me 4. Having sex 5. Dancing around to music 6. Having a Facebook account 7. Going out/ socialising with grown up kids/ grandchildren 8. Knowing what Twitter is 9. Eating chocolate 10 .Staying up past midnight 11. [...]


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Sonic youth- younger generation 3 years earlier to major life milestones

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The younger generation are ticking off life’s ‘to-do’ list an average of three years earlier than their parents, a survey has revealed. The detailed study found the typical 20-something is ahead of their parents in nine of sixteen major milestones. A first holiday abroad without mum and dad saw the biggest gulf – eight years [...]


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