Why nearly 70% of people adopted a ‘seize the day’ mentality

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By Livy Beaner // SWNS
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Two-thirds of Americans say they live by a carpe diem mindset, new research suggests.
A poll of 2,000 Americans aged 21+ revealed that 65% have adopted a “seize the day” attitude.
In fact, 66% believe that they are living more in the moment today and 74% are focusing more on the future, both compared to pre-pandemic. 
And that’s not all that the pandemic has changed — 62% say they “treat themselves” more now than they did prior.

Respondents are indulging themselves by enjoying “me” time (25%), their favorite beverage (21%) and shopping online (21%).
A survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of JaM Cellars, the makers of Butter Chardonnay, also revealed that the average respondent treats themselves about six times per month. 
Respondents were divided when it came to identifying what is a “treat”. Almost one-third (32%) define a treat as something enjoyable, 27% by its quality and 24% consider the fun factor.
While most respondents are likely to treat themselves for a special occasion (40%), 39% are likely to do so on any given weekend. 
However, two-thirds (66%) are more likely to treat themselves during the week than in previous years. And 68% say treating themselves during the week feels more special. 
The average respondent says a treat usually runs them about $83.
 
But 74% agree that a higher price tag doesn’t always mean it’s a better treat. 
“It’s great to see that more Americans than ever are choosing to live their best lives every day. We’ve realized we don’t have to wait for special occasions, birthday gatherings, or even the weekend to enjoy life or a glass of your favorite wine,” said Michele Truchard, Co-founder of JaM Cellars, the makers of Butter Chardonnay. “Importantly, indulgences that bring you joy, shouldn’t have to break the bank. Great quality, easy-to-love, affordable wines can make any day more delicious.”
Respondents were most likely to treat themselves to food (43%) and clothing (35%). 
Others seek out experiences such as vacations or live events and concerts (31%).
But about a quarter (26%) won’t deny themselves their favorite bottle of wine. 
So, it’s no surprise that 62% of respondents find themselves enjoying more wine now than they were three years ago. 
In fact, almost three-quarters (74%) are even more likely to pop the cork on a weekday than they were pre-pandemic. 
And the best occasion to open that favorite bottle of wine varies between respondents. One-third (33%) believe the best time is with family and friends, but 27% said on any weekend and 23% echoed the same sentiment with any weeknight. 
Plus, almost a quarter (24%) also agreed their favorite moment to enjoy wine is “me” time, which is a shift from pre-pandemic. In fact, 72% responded they open a bottle of wine more on their own now compared to three years ago.  
And the top three favorite types of wine are red (58%), white (51%) and sparkling (45%).  
Regardless, 70% of respondents prefer to indulge now, rather than saving it for later. 
No matter the time or frequency, 72% find treating themselves to be an instant mood booster. 
“I think treating yourself has become an important part of self-care since the pandemic lockdowns. A lot of people have leveled up how they eat and drink and become more selective how they spend their time and money. As a wine lover, opening my favorite Butter Chardonnay for time with friends, or simply for some me-time is a great way to make the moment feel special,” continued Michele, the “M” in JaM Cellars. “Life’s simple pleasures are a wonderful way to make the most of life and wine o’clock, and America seems to agree. Cheers to that!”
TOP THINGS PEOPLE TREAT THEMSELVES TO

Food – 43%
Clothing – 35%
Experiences (concerts, vacations, etc.) – 31%
Favorite bottle of wine – 26%
Shoes – 25%
Décor – 22%
Makeup – 21%
Sunglasses – 20%

BEST TIMES TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF WINE

With friends and family – 33%
During any weekend – 27%
At a party – 25%
On a summer evening – 25%
Alone or “me” time – 24%
On any weeknight – 23%
On the beach – 23%
During a cold winter night – 20%

Survey methodology:
This random double-opt-in survey of 2,000 Americans 21+  was commissioned by JaM Cellars between May 4 and May 5, 2022. It was conducted by market research company OnePoll, whose team members are members of the Market Research Society and have corporate membership to the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).

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