Thanksgiving Happiness Survey Surprises

Day 1 SOHP Thankful Project FB GS11 P5 Thanksgiving Happiness Survey Surprises

It was no surprise that the number one Thanksgiving Happiness vote getter, winning 88% of the votes, was “Spending Time with Family” in our What Makes You Happy about Thanksgiving survey.  Happy people know that relationships and common experiences are the core of a mostly happy life.

Not surprising, food came in the strong second with 72% of the votes, because everyone knows we’re thankful that the food on Thanksgiving is calorie-free. Finally, cooking and spending time with friends were almost a tie with 48% and 46% of the votes.

I love write-ins. Some favorites for 2013 included:

  • Every day is Thanksgiving.    
  • Extra sleep.
  • Just the feel of the day.
  • It’s not a commercialized holiday.
  • Being able to see, hear and smell the thankfulness around me.

If I had to summarize, I’d say, creating happy moments with the people we love is what we want to do on Thanksgiving.

Food wise you’re happy with everything traditional, turkey, dressing or stuffing, pumpkin pie, and cranberry sauce. But if you picked just one thing it would be the dressing (or stuffing) with 18% of the votes.

Now for the three surprises.

Surprise One: More than 56% of you responded, “No, you couldn’t pay me to shop” when asked, “Will you shop for Black Friday sales?” Only 8% of you responded that the hustle and bustle of the stores is part of your tradition.

It’s not that I expected everyone to be shoppers, but when you listen to the news and commercials, it feels like everyone is a Black Friday shopper. I did expect more people would have at least responded with “depends on the deals,” or “online in my comfy clothes.”

But in hindsight I shouldn’t have been surprised. Apparently, most of you recognize that happiness is about creating memories and shopping isn’t that memorable for most of you.

Surprise Two: Only 4.8% of your said you were going to a Thanksgiving Day movie and only 10% said you were going to a movie that weekend.

Since Thanksgiving weekend is one of the biggest movie weekends of the year, I figured more of you would be at the movies with family, friends and popcorn.

Surprise Three: Only 30% of you will be traveling this Thanksgiving. Based on the travel stories you see, you think everyone travels during this four day weekend. So it’s nice to know that most of you must live close to your families.

Click here to see the complete results or click here to read the press release.

I’m so happy that you’ll be spending time with those that you love. It’s a time to share your gratitude and experience common happy moments that you’ll remember for years to come. These experiences create nostalgia – one of our 31 Types of Happiness.

If you’re looking for some dinner conversation trivia here are some fun Thanksgiving facts:

  • 736 million pounds of turkey are served.
  • U.S. farmers produce 768 million pounds of cranberries.
  • 47 million Americans travel 50 or more miles from home to celebrate Thanksgiving.
  • Congress passed an official proclamation in 1941 that declared Thanksgiving would be observed as a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
  • Three towns have names starting with the word turkey – Turkey, Texas; Turkey Creek, Louisiana; and Turkey, North Carolina.
  • The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924.

 What’s your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?

Written by Pamela

Pamela Gail Johnson founded the Secret Society of Happy People in 1998. Some of the things that make her happy are tasting new wines with friends, doing social media, cooking for her dog Tater, practicing yoga to discover new muscles, and reading paper books while acclimating to Kindle ~ plus sharing her own happiness and helping others make the most of theirs. She’s the author of the Secret Society of Happy Peoples Thirty-One Types of Happiness Guide, writes the Ask Pamela Gail: Where Happiness Meets Reality blog and speaks to groups of all sizes. The Secret Society of Happy People celebrates happiness; one celebration is hosting the annual Happiness Happens Month. Pamela was named a semi-finalist in the search for the next Global Thought Leader in 2013.
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