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Australian glasses half full beyond the pandemic | Blue Mountains Gazette

Australians have declared 2022 a year of positivity, with eight in 10 feeling “glass half full” and almost one in five even more optimistic.

The nation is emerging massively from the COVID pandemic with renewed hope and a focus on achieving personal goals, according to new research.

The Sense of Us report, published annually by ING Bank, reveals that 78% of Australians feel positive and 19% consider themselves extremely positive for the year ahead.

Of more than 2,300 adults polled in March, 95% said they had set new goals for 2022, while 13% went so far as to say they were confident nothing would stop them from achieving them.

Unsurprisingly, the number one ambition is to save money (53%), followed by spending more time with friends and family (39%), getting fit (38%) and traveling. (37%).

One in five say they have grown closer to loved ones in the past year and discovered new ways to connect with them.

Friendships were also put into perspective, with 20% saying they appreciate friends more now, but a quarter admitting they have grown distant from some friends.

More than half of respondents consider their partner to be the most important thing in their life, while three in 10 say their pets are and 28% their siblings.

Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of respondents set specific financial goals for 2022, including saving money (53%), buying a home (14%) and starting a side hustle or business (11%).

Some 31% just want to have more fun, 9% want to find love and 9% want to start a new hobby.

On a lighter note, half apparently prefer licking to biting blocks of ice, 70% fold toilet paper rather than crumpling it, six in 10 make their bed every morning and 51% admit to using emojis in their emails. professional emails.

“Despite everything that has happened over the past two years, people are optimistic and ready to make the most of the year ahead,” ING spokesman Andras Hamori said.

“Australians are choosing to jump into 2022 with both feet. They are saving for the things they want, prioritizing time with family and friends and are determined not to let anything get in their way.”

Australian Associated Press