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Summer 2013: a reason to be cheerful but not fashion-conscious – new survey

Published 26/08/2013 | 17:09

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Jonathan Sexton. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Jonathan Sexton. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

HOW happy have we been this summer?

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Extremely happy, according to a new survey, which reveals that 91pc of adults beamed while the sun shone.

Yet the sunshine didn’t exactly bring out the best in everyone – as the number of fashion faux pax skyrocketed in line with the temperatures.

In an effort to gauge the mood of the nation as the upcoming Electric Picnic festival signals the end of the Irish summer, Vodafone’s survey shows, unsurprisingly, that our emotions are directly affected by the weather. 

In comparison with previous summers, this year’s sunny season was a clear leader, making 74pc of Irish people happy and 55pc of those surveyed more cheerful.

But while almost half of respondents reported that the sunshine made them feel more energised, the feel-good factor was mostly felt amongst the female population. 

Two thirds of women named the good weather as a factor in making them more positive about life in comparison with about 50pc of men who took part in the survey.

Nevertheless, 77pc of men celebrated the chance to cook al fresco, planning BBQs without the need for an umbrella or heater.

Meanwhile, the opportunity to don the ‘summer wardrobe’ while at home was a favourite for 88pc of Irish women.

But not everyone pulled this style off quite as well as they may have thought. Socks with sandals were listed as the main fashion offender of summer 2013 with 60pc of us shuddering at the sight.

Shirtless men were also a no-no for both male and female respondents, while fake tan streaks and bellytops also featured highly on the worst dressed list. 

Psychologist Dr Nicky O’Leary agrees that sunshine makes us feel good.  “It reminds us how to enjoy ourselves and how to take delight in life. 

“By making simple healthy lifestyle changes such as connecting with friends, smiling more or going to the beach or a festival, we can enhance our happiness,” he said.

Respondents also voted for their favourite stars, TV/sports moments and music of Summer 2013 as part of the survey. Do you agree?

 

Sunny celebrities:

1) Amy Huberman (37pc)

2) Hector Ó hEochagáin (28pc)

3) President Higgins (9pc)

 

Summer sport:

1)Lions rugby win in Oz (24pc)

2)Dublin winning the GAA Leinster Champs (21pc)

3)Cork beating Kilkenny in hurling (18pc)  

 

Cheery tunes:

1)Daft Punk Get Lucky (33pc)

2)Avicii Wake Me Up (27pc)

3)Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams Blurred Lines (26pc)

 

TV Gold:

1)Will Smith as ‘The Fresh Prince’ on The Graham Norton Show (41pc)

2)The birth of the royal baby (16pc)

3)Linda Martin singing Get Lucky on Saturday Night Show (1pc)

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