H20 = Happiness: People who drink 6 glasses of water daily are more optimistic, successful, energetic

NEW YORK — What’s the key to happiness? Most people would probably answer that question with responses like love or family. Interestingly, a new survey of 2,000 Americans finds the true answer may be staying hydrated. The poll finds those who maintain proper hydration tend to be happier, more successful, and more energetic.

Respondents who drink at least six glasses of water daily (41%) are most likely to agree with the statement, “I’m very happy.” Conversely, only 12 percent of those drinking less than one glass of water per day say the same.

Commissioned by Bosch home appliances, the survey also reports 40 percent of Americans drinking more than six glasses of water consider themselves an optimistic person. Only 10 percent of those drinking less than one cup share the same sentiment.

Hydration also seems to have a big impact on rest and refreshment. People who drink lots of water (6+ cups) only wake up feeling tired 2.59 times per week. Those who drink minimal water wake up feeling exhausted 3.14 times a week. Well hydrated people are also more likely to be successful and least likely to show up late for work.

The study also suggests that ice is a big part of this aquatic equation as well. Pretty much everyone prefers a nice cold glass of water over room temperature, so it makes a certain degree of sense that 56 percent of respondents won’t drink water unless it’s cold. Similarly, 53 percent say they’ll always end up drinking less water in general if they don’t have any ice handy.

More water, less ice during COVID

This year has brought a whole lot of unexpected changes, but according to the survey, many Americans discovered their love for ice in 2020 as well. Over half (53%) say they realized during quarantine that they need a better way to produce ice at home. More than six in 10 people (65%) periodically ran out of ice during recent lockdowns.

The survey also asked respondents about the “little things” in life they find most satisfying. The top answer to that question was “a pillow that’s not too firm or too soft” (46%) followed by a drink chilled to the ideal temperature (45%).

Just how much ice are Americans using? Quite a bit, judging from the poll. Over four in five (83%) use at least one glass of ice per day. Fifty-eight percent use one to five glasses, and 25 percent use six to ten. In all, that adds up to an average of 116 glasses of ice each month (36 pounds).

A majority of Americans (56%) add that a beverage served at the wrong temperature can make an entire day less enjoyable.

The survey was conducted by OnePoll.