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Better Pay For Nhs Staff, Three-Day Weekends, To See The End Of Single-Use Plastics And To Have A Million In The Bank, Research Reveals A List Of The Biggest Changes Brits Would Make, If Given The Chance

Researchers surveyed 2,000 Brits, asking them what they would change in life, both personally and socially – with having a million in the bank (37 percent), three-day weekends (34 percent), being fitter (31 percent) and being better looking (22 percent) all making the list.

Other personal changes featured in the poll, include having a better-paid job (41 percent) and being the perfect weight (40 percent).

But coming top of the list, was simply for people to be kinder, with almost half (49 percent) of the vote, followed by better pay for NHS nurses and doctors (41 percent).

Brits would also love to have more confidence (23 percent) and a bigger house (23 percent), while 38 percent would like everyone to simply be treated equally, regardless of age, sex and gender, according to the poll by Hello Hydrogen.

More than a third (34 percent) would like people to have better manners, according to the survey.

The environment also featured high on the list of changes Brits would make, with seeing the end of fossil fuels (24 percent) and single-use plastic (37 percent), to having solar panels powering our homes (15 percent) and seeing the end of fast fashion (12 percent) all featuring.

A spokesperson for Hello Hydrogen, which commissioned the study commented, “From the end of single-use plastics and fast fashion, to eradicating fossil fuels, it’s clear to see from the study, that the environment is important to modern Brits. In fact, when asked, 76 percent of those surveyed said addressing the climate crisis is one of the most important changes we can make”

“Change doesn’t have to be negative. Changing the way we heat our homes in the future will help us meet net zero targets and live more sustainably and using hydrogen as an alternative to natural gas in our boilers can play a vital role in this transition.”

The study also found that almost three-quarters (72 percent) felt change was usually for the best.

In fact, as many as 84 percent felt their life would benefit from shaking things up a bit.

When it came to which areas Brits would change, in a wider sense, finances came top of the list (55 percent), followed by social lives (41 percent).



  1. For people to be kinder  49%
  2. Better pay for NHS staff  41%
  3. A better-paid job   41%
  4. To be at my perfect weight  40%
  5. For everyone to be treated equally, regardless of age, sex and gender 38%
  6. The end of single-use plastics 37%
  7. To have a million in the bank  37%
  8. For people to have better manners  34%
  9. Three-day weekends   34%
  10. To be fitter    31%
  11. To see the end of fossil fuels    24%
  12. To have more confidence  23%
  13. To have a bigger house  23%
  14. To be better looking   22%
  15. To eat whatever I want and not gain weight 21%
  16. Have a more exciting job  20%
  17. To eliminate the gender, pay gap 19%
  18. To have solar panels   16%
  19. To have perfect skin   15%
  20. To have a good singing voice   12%
  21. To end fast fashion   12%
  22. To have a dog    11%
  23. To have a second property  11%
  24. To have better friends    10%
  25. To have a six pack   9%

An online survey of 2000 UK-based Brits was commissioned by Hello Hydrogen, and conducted by Perspectus Global in August 2023.