Supporting a charity beat the birth of Prince George and sporting victories to be the most uplifting moment of 2013 for the nation, according to a new report from Oxfam.
Some 70% of people surveyed by Research Now on behalf of Oxfam said
supporting a charity was the thing that had boosted their spirits most
This was far higher than the first decent British summer in years (62%), and Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph (60%).
It also outdid Mo Farah's double gold win at the Athletics World Championships (52%).
The research was commissioned to mark the launch of Oxfam's new
fundraising campaign; 'Lift Lives for Good', and respondents were not
told that the research was being carried out on behalf of a charity.
The birth of the royal baby trailed by comparison, lifting the
spirits of 46% of respondents, while Daft Punk's catchy "Get Lucky" was
voted the most uplifting song of 2013.
Charitable giving featured again when people were asked what their
most uplifting TV programme of 2013 was, with the most popular choice
being Children in Need, chosen by 35% of respondents.
The Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing came a close second and third.
Putting our feet up may be nice every now and then but only 25% of
respondents felt a well-earned holiday would give them a boost.
Predictions for uplifting events this year are the World Cup, although that may depend on England's performance.
Oxfam's Chief Executive Mark Goldring said: "This has been a big year
for charitable giving especially with the unbelievable generosity of
the British public in response to the recent typhoon in the Philippines. We are extremely heartened by the results of this survey, at a time
when money is tight it's wonderful to see that people are getting a
boost from helping others. We hope that our new fundraising campaign Lift Lives for Good with
support of the adverts will show the public the far reaching effects
which every donation to Oxfam can have."