Spontaneous Sheffield people are among the happiest in the UK

Spontaneous Sheffield people are among the happiest in the UK.
Spontaneous Sheffield people are among the happiest in the UK.
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People in Sheffield who are spontaneous are among the happiest in the UK, according to a new survey

And the survey has revealed that local folk who make spur of the moment decisions are happier than those who don't - with Sheffield named as the third most spontaneous city in the UK.

A survey of 1,000 Brits by last minute cottage holiday hub, Snaptrip, found that 64% of people who describe themselves as impulsive are “happy” or “very happy”, compared to just 52% of those who say they are not impulsive.

It also asked people to reveal the most spontaneous thing they had ever done.

Among the revelations was a man who agreed to go on a stag do while buying milk in his pyjamas. He said: “I bumped into some friends on their way to the airport and just carried on with them. I got home three days later.”

Another says: “In 1998, two of my friends decided for a laugh that they would go and live in whichever country won the World Cup that year. No word of a lie, they now live in France.”

Another was bored one night so booked onto a month-long volunteering trip in Fiji: “I thought it looked interesting, but you had to apply to be selected so didn’t expect to actually get on the trip.”

Other examples included a female student who followed a man she’d just met to KFC, so that she could give him her number.

She said: “He asked for it and we went out twice, but then I met someone else.”

Another said she quit her job and enrolled on a beauty course after a bad meeting at work. She wrote: “I had a bad day at work so handed my notice in and enrolled at the college next door.”

The poll also found that a spontaneous streak has the biggest impact on people’s work lives, compared to relationships, family life and living situation. Those who said they followed their instincts in the workplace are 50% more likely to land a mid-level or senior position, as six out of ten impulsive people fill these roles compared to just four out of ten planners.

Relationships are also happier and more rewarding for impulsive people, with 65% of them saying they are “happy” or “very happy” compared to 56% of non-impulsive people.

But it’s not all doom and gloom, as those who are less impulsive are more likely to own their own home and have more money at their immediate disposal. Almost half (45%) of the planners surveyed could access £5,000 or more immediately (without any reliance on a loan or overdraft), compared to just 36% of impulsive people.

The cities with the most impulsive people are:

1) Belfast

2) Manchester

3) Sheffield

4) Newcastle

5) Leeds

6) London

7) Glasgow

8) Cardiff

9) Norwich

10) Bristol

Marie Lethbridge, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at www.mindhealthltd.co.uk, said: “Spontaneity allows us to be mindful and totally immersed in the activity we’re engaging in, which has been linked to an increase in mental wellbeing and happiness. Often we behave in a rigid, planned and fixed way because of anxieties and worries we have – planning a trip to the last detail, checking and rechecking information etc. By behaving in a spontaneous manner we can test out our negative predictions; often finding them to be inaccurate.

“Instead of worrying about the future or ruminating about the past, acting instinctively allows us to engage fully in what we’re doing at the time, and focus our whole attention on this.”

Matt Fox, CEO of Snaptrip, added: “We wanted to find out how one element of your personality could affect your overall happiness, and were really surprised to see that spontaneity can have such an impact across the board.

“Of course, there are times when planning and thinking things through is really important, but as people work longer hours and lead busier lives, it’s important that they have some freedom in their social lives. Whether they go for a skydive or book a last minute break, spontaneity clearly has its benefits!”