People want tp be able to go on holiday
The sight of a sunny pub garden, the smells of a football ground and being in the middle of a crowd at a festival on a hot day also made the top 20 list. More than a quarter (28 percent) said the simple sight of someone smiling at them would no longer be taken for granted.
And one in six (15 percent) even said a trip to the Toby Carvery is something they’d savour in the future.
Dr Josie Forte, from Specsavers, which commissioned the research, said: “There are some ordinary experiences that you would never have thought you’d miss until something unexpected like the pandemic happened.
“As the sights, smells and sounds of daily life, however mundane, look set to resume this summer, it’ll be interesting to see how this newfound appreciation impacts people and how long it will last – or will many of us revert to taking things for granted again?”
The study saw being able to go on holiday whenever you fancy top the list with 41 percent, while seeing people without masks (40 percent) also ranked highly.
More than one in 10 even cited the sound of a shop assistant shouting ‘next’ at a busy till as something they’ll revel in again soon.
While queuing for a beer at a gig, being crammed in on a train or bus and doing a tea and coffee round at the office will no longer be sneered at.
It also emerged 76 percent said the pandemic has been harder for those who are tactile and enjoy a hug.
But 41 percent said they’ve found the third lockdown the most difficult – though one in five (21 percent) felt they’ve all been as tricky as the other.
Jane Stoneham, the director of Sensory Trust, says: “This research highlights the human need for connection with people and places through sensory experiences. It is interesting to see that second on the list is seeing people without masks and number six is shaking someone’s hand.
“We know that connecting with people and places on a sensory level provides deeper, longer-lasting experiences.
“From the smells and sounds associated with being in the middle of a crowd of people at a festival on a hot day to the shaking of a hand or a hug with a loved one, sensory input such as this gets our neurons firing, laying down new pathways.
“Our senses are closely connected with memory – recalling past ones and laying down new memories. For example, emotions can be triggered by a sound even before our cognitive processes have recognised what that sound is.”
Half of Brits have also been thinking about what they plan to do the moment June 21st arrives with lockdown restrictions lifting according to the study via OnePoll.
Pre-lockdowns, 83 percent of adults admitted they took the freedom of their daily life for granted, but those polled estimated it’ll take a further nine months following restrictions being lifted for life to feel ‘normal’ again.
However, 40 percent think there will be further lockdowns due to the pandemic again in the future, while 48 percent fear they’ll find it hard to readjust to life again.
A third plan to carry forward a slower pace of life, while 33 percent want to continue more quality family time while 21 percent will take more moments to stop and reflect moving forward.
The study also found waves crashing on the shore, live music and scissors cutting your hair are the sounds Brits cannot wait to experience again.
Dr Forte added: “There are definitely plenty of everyday moments to look forward to in the coming months.
“And with that in mind, there’s probably never been a better time to ensure you’re in the best position possible to witness it all.
“Getting a sight and hearing test will ensure you can enjoy these moments to the maximum.”
TOP 20 EVERYDAY THINGS BRITONS WON’T TAKE FOR GRANTED
1. Being able to go on holiday whenever I want
2. Seeing people without masks
3. A sunny pub garden
4. Going shopping for clothes
5. Having a pint with a friend
6. Smiling at someone
7. Shaking someone’s hand
8. The sights and sounds of a busy high street
9. Going to the theatre
10. Not worrying about booking a dental or optician appointment
11. Waiting for a plane at the airport
12. Going to the garden centre
13. Hairdressers asking if you’ve got any holidays coming up
14. Doing the supermarket shop with the family
15. Picking an outfit to wear out
16. After work drinks
17. Impromptu gatherings in the park
18. A trip to the Toby Carvery
19. Seeing the grandchildren
20. Heading out for DIY supplies
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