That does seem rather excessive, but yes, I think I could cope with that. Currently, Steve and I earn a quarter of that £80k average between us and live in a 1 bedroom flat worth less than a quarter of that! The study also found that this ideal life would involve living close to family, having two children, and only working 27 hours 20 minutes a week. Well I guess we 'win' with that one, having elected to only work one 40 hour week between us and spend the bulk of the time with the children.
What about you, how well do you measure up to this ideal life? Would it be ideal to you?
A third of people said that their main goal in pursuing a happier life is to get a job paying more money, whilst 20% said their happiness is not dependent on salary. As much as I would love to have more money, I do of course agree with them, otherwise we wouldn't have chosen the life we currently have. To us, the most important thing is having fun with our children and enjoying our time together, and you don't need much money for that.
This research was commissioned by the Post-it Brand from 3M to launch its new Make it Happen campaign, encouraging people to make those small changes that will have a big impact on their happiness. Katie Piper is spokesperson for the brand and knows a lot about choosing happy following that vicious attack in 2008. She says:
"A combination of positive thinking and plenty of support from friends and family can really help you get that bit closer to your goals. Be brave. Set some small, achievable goals to aim for, and go for them. Don’t give up. Anything is possible."
Wise words. Whatever makes you happy, you are in the ideal position to act today. Not tomorrow, not next week. Write down what makes you happy and plan to do more of it, decide what would improve your life and resolve to do it. Today.
Small changes to our everyday life really can make a huge difference to our happiness. Perhaps having fresh flowers around you, cut or in your garden, would make you smile every day; or maybe organising your home better could shave so much time off your daily tasks that you have time for a bubble bath every evening; or would getting up half an hour earlier to tend your garden, read (or write) your book, make a special breakfast, or just have some peace and quiet before everyone else gets up make a big difference to your happiness levels?
Writing down your goal(s) and placing them somewhere where you will see them often can be a great way to keep you motivated. My current goals are to make time to read for at least half an hour a day, yep proper books and everything! And to spend 10 minutes doing some balcony gardening, or just being out there, every day. Time is such a precious commodity for all of us, but I can definitely find 40 minutes in my 24 daily hours to do those two things for me, and I have my goals up on Post-its around the house to remind me to do it. Here's my bathroom mirror reminder:
Tell 3M Post-it what you would like to change and Katie will select her favourite, and the most achievable, goal to win £200 of Capital Bond vouchers, and a signed copy of Katie's new book, Start Your Day With Katie.
What small changes would make your life happier?
*Research was carried out between 3rd and 9th February 2015 on a sample of 2,043 UK Adults
Post in collaboration with 3M Post-it