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Australians want to have their cake and eat it: TOP 50 ‘simple pleasures’ for travellers

Simple pleasures experienced on holiday give the most joy

The latest research findings show “cake” is what makes many Aussies most happy, other simple pleasures include listening to their favourite songs, sleeping in a freshly made bed, and making someone smile.

Researchers polled 1,000 Australians to determine all the little things that bring us a little bit of joy without breaking the bank. Other favourites include receiving a compliment from a stranger, having a good hair day and going to the beach.


The study commissioned by Small Luxury Hotels of the World found 31 percent of adults simply named ‘cake’ as one of their favourite small pleasures, while a quarter enjoy catching up with friends. More than a third enjoy seeing flowers and trees blossom, and 31 percent enjoy exercise enough to put it on their list, and many pleasures are most enjoyed on holiday.

Mark Wong, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Small Luxury Hotels of the World added: “Our list found many of life’s pleasures are ones often found on holiday, such as seeing a stunning view, discovering new places, taking long walks or visiting the beach.

“It’s on our travels that we are able to experience an abundance of life’s simple pleasures which have a longer lasting effect on us. Now that travel bubbles are are coming in place, we are optimistic that people will be able to safely enjoy some of these simple pleasures abroad before too much longer.”

Alongside the research, Small Luxury Hotels of the World also commissioned poet Laurie Bolger to come-up with a piece titled “Seek Simplicity” expressing life’s simple pleasures.

The wordsmith said: “I wanted my poem to remind people about the feeling you get when you are able to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. But on the other hand, I also wanted to highlight that the reason some of these things are so enjoyable is that they are a break from the norm. Feeling the sun on my face is definitely one of my favourite simple pleasures in life, and I’m glad the survey reflected that – and that we’re starting to see brighter weather too.”

The poll also indicated that Aussies enjoy an average of seven moments of simple pleasure each week – around once a day, with the satisfaction of a moment’s pleasure lasting for about 31 minutes on average, although a fifth get a glow for an hour or more.

However, more than half of those polled, via OnePoll, believe they don’t get to enjoy life’s simplest pleasures often enough for their liking, while 41 percent feel doesn’t have enough time in their day-to-day to take advantage of small pleasures as much as they should. Almost a third said endless to-do lists are a major hindrance, while anxiety about COVID-19, lack of sleep, and health-related issues has left them with less time to enjoy simple pleasures although they appreciate it more when they do.

Life’s TOP 50 simple pleasures according to Aussies

  1. Listening to your favourite songs
  2. Sleeping in a freshly made bed
  3. Making someone smile or laugh
  4. A nice dinner
  5. Payday
  6. Sleeping in a big incredibly comfy bed
  7. Sound of rain on the window
  8. Stunning views
  9. Watching your favourite movie
  10. Going to the beach
  11. Having dinner made for you
  12. Finding money in a purse/wallet you had forgotten about
  13. Dining out
  14. Discovering new places
  15. Getting a delivery in the post
  16. Home cooking
  17. Wearing an outfit that makes you feel good
  18. Staying in bed on a Sunday morning
  19. Feeling of sun on your face
  20. Receiving a compliment from a stranger
  21. Having a gossip or catchup with friends
  22. Laughing out loud at a film
  23. Not having to set the alarm at the weekend or on a day off
  24. Seeing flowers and trees blossom
  25. Long walks
  26. Having a picnic
  27. Waking up to sun
  28. Travelling across the state
  29. Cake
  30. Doing exercise
  31. Discovering new food
  32. Getting a cuddle from your children
  33. Discovering new music
  34. Seeing old people hold hands
  35. Seeing a butterfly
  36. A roaring fire
  37. Having a good hair day
  38. Buying fresh local food produce
  39. Finishing a really good book
  40. Swimming outside
  41. Having a coffee/tea in bed
  42. Someone making you a cup of tea
  43. Hearing nothing but birds chirping
  44. Smell of toast in the morning
  45. Hearing the wind blow through the trees
  46. Meeting new people
  47. Sitting in a pub garden
  48. Playing sport with friends or family
  49. Donating to charity
  50. Spontaneous mid-week dinners


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