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Profit for sports team provides longer-lasting happiness than words ‘I love you’, research shows

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REVEALED: A win for our favorite sports team gives longer lasting happiness than hearing the words ‘I love you’, study finds

  • Love declarations from a romantic partner made people feel good for four hours
  • Victory for your team gave a warm feeling that lasted an average of nine minutes longer
  • Family time gave the longest-lasting glow in the study of 2000 adults

A win for our favorite sports team brings longer lasting happiness than hearing the words ‘I love you’, research shows.

Declarations of love from a romantic partner made people feel good for an average of four hours, in a study of 2,000 adults. But winning for your team left a warm fuzzy feeling that lasted nine minutes longer.

Family time gave the longest lasting shine, at four hours, 33 minutes, followed by booking a vacation (four hours, 13 minutes).

But after finishing a workout (three hours, 36 minutes), people felt happier for half an hour longer than eating junk food (three hours, 6 minutes).

And the pleasure of a bargain (three hours, 39 minutes) lasted longer than eating a chocolate bar, getting compliments, and drinking a cold alcoholic drink on a hot day.

Arsenal fans celebrate yesterday during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in London. A win for our favorite sports team lasts longer than hearing the words ‘I love you’, research shows

Mentioned by 27 percent of Britons surveyed, time spent with family topped the list of activities that make us feel happy, while 23 percent chose nature walks.

Six in ten preferred simple pleasures to grand gestures. And while more than half said they didn’t need to spend money to feel good, adults gave themselves mood-boosting treats on average three times a week – at a monthly cost of £43.

The survey was commissioned by credit card provider Capital One UK to mark the opening of the free pop-up Happe Cafe in London, which its customers say will create a sense of well-being.

Andrew Clayton, from Capital One UK, said: ‘As the research shows, more than half of us get a boost in our mood from the little things in life.’

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