Dallas, TX (PRWEB) November 21, 2013
The findings of a new survey conducted by The Secret Society of Happy People provide a stark contrast to recent media stories about holiday shopping on Thanksgiving. While many national retailers including Macy's, Target and Apple have announced that they will open for holiday shopping on Thanksgiving, 56.5 percent of respondents to the survey indicated that shopping would not be on their itinerary for the holiday.
"I was shocked that only 8.7 percent of the respondents considered Black Friday shopping something that makes them happy about Thanksgiving. It was in the bottom four choices," says Pamela Gail Johnson, Founder of The Secret Society of Happy People. When asked "Will you shop for Black Friday sales?" 56 percent of the 230 people who answered the question chose the response: "No, you couldn't pay me to shop."
Participants were asked several questions about what makes them feel the happiest during the Thanksgiving holiday and were given multiple choices along with a field for unique responses. Some highlights of the survey include:
Question: What makes you happy about Thanksgiving?
Seventy percent of survey respondents planned on staying home for the holidays rather than traveling. "I think since it is the first holiday of the season, people yearn to minimize chaos. Perhaps it's the calm before the chaos of Christmas shopping, events and travel," says Johnson.
The Secret Society of Happy People offers free membership to anyone interested in learning how to improve their happiness quotient. The free membership includes a downloadable 31 Types of Happiness Poster, a monthly Happiness Happens newsletter and an optional Daily Happiness Inspiration email. To promote happiness during the holidays and minimize chaos, a free eWorkbook 5 Ways to Simplify Your Holidays is also available.
About The Secret Society of Happy People:
Pamela Gail Johnson founded the Secret Society of Happy People in 1998 to encourage the expression of happiness and discourage parade-raining. The Society has thousands of members from more than 34 countries. Ms. Johnson is a public speaker for organizations and companies around the country who want to promote happiness among their members or employees. The society also offers videos, books and daily inspirations to promote happiness.