World Cup cricket, Gavin and Stacey and Glastonbury – highlights of the year

One in 10 also selected Stormzy’s headline set at Glastonbury as their best bit of 2019 while another 14 per cent enjoyed the week-long summer heatwave. However, Brexit dragging on endlessly, Thomas Cook going under and the NHS crisis were considered some of the worst things to have happened last year. The research was commissioned by SPANA, which provides free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries.

Their chief executive Geoffrey Dennis said: “People in Britain have a clear idea about the worst aspects of 2019 – and there are some surprises.

“While some of the things that made the top 50 are understandable, others seem distinctly trivial.

“The outcomes of reality TV shows or sporting events might seem like a big deal at the time, but it’s important that people keep perspective.

“The fact is that these kind of things are very minor compared to the problems faced by many people and animals in the world’s poorest communities.

“Working animals overseas endure unimaginably hard lives and for most of them 2019 has been a year of hardship.

“These horses, donkeys and camels must work every day, often carrying backbreaking loads in terrible conditions, without the food, water, rest and vital vet care they need.”

Other popular moments from 2019 included the birth of Meghan and Harry’s first child, Lewis Hamilton winning his sixth world championship and the Downton Abbey movie.

But the pound getting weaker, England losing the Rugby World Cup Final and the end of Poldark saddened adults this year.

More than eight in 10 describe feeling emotionally affected by current events that don’t directly relate to their personal lives.

A third of respondents even said an event in the public eye had affected them to the extent of either making their day – or ruining it.

Nearly one in three adults also admit to complaining more about trivial issues than serious ones.

But more than four in 10 believe emotional engagement with current issues sometimes serves as a distraction from more pressing ones in their personal lives.

It also emerged a sixth enjoy the mental boost that having a good moan gives them, with one in 10 feeling more positive afterwards.

In fact, Spana’s study exposed Brits as a nation of moaners – complaining, on average, 42 times a week.

Geoffrey Dennis of Spana added: “The temptation to complain is wholly understandable, and having a moan every now and then is no bad thing.

“People in the UK seem aware that moaning is common – and that it’s often about very trivial matters, like the weather. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that others have to deal with far greater problems every day.

“In developing countries, many working animals have to walk huge distances, pulling heavy loads in dangerous environments, working in temperatures of over 40 degrees.

“These animals often have no veterinary treatment available to them when they are sick or injured. That’s where Spana comes in –- preventing suffering and ensuring that these hardworking animals receive the care they so desperately need.”

Top 10 best things to happen in 2019:

1. The banning of single-use plastics

2. Increase of public interest in climate change and sustainability

3. England winning the Cricket World Cup

4. Theresa May standing down as PM

5. Gavin and Stacey Christmas special

6. Week-long heatwave in summer ’19

7. Ant and Dec reuniting for I’m A Celeb

8. The rise of the England Women’s football team

9. Lewis Hamilton winning his sixth world championship

10. First picture of a black hole being taken

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