The top 40 spur-of-the-moment activities everyone should try include booking a last-minute weekend away, going on a road trip, or popping in on a friend you haven’t seen in ages. A poll of 2,000 adults found 70 percent could be getting more out of each day, with 65 percent claiming they need more excitement to break up the daily treadmill of work and other tasks.
Other must-do spontaneous acts include extending a holiday while they’re already on it, jumping on a random bus or train, or getting up in the middle of the night to stargaze.
The survey found Boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – are most likely to feel their current life is too predictable and monotonous.
And they’re also the age group that most often feels stuck in a rut with their everyday routine.
However, Gen Z will do something to shake themselves out of a rut twice as many times a year than those who are Gen X or older.
It also emerged that a lack of cash (45 percent) is what’s holding most people back from saying “yes” to more opportunities.
A spokesman for chewy sweets brand, Mentos Fanta, which commissioned the research, said: “Being spontaneous is liberating.
“Doing something new and different doesn’t have to involve skydiving out of a helicopter onto a jet-ski in a volcano.
“It can be something as simple as buying a totally different sandwich in your daily supermarket meal deal – or giving a new flavour a chance.”
The study also found 35 percent of adults don’t have the energy to say yes to fun new opportunities, and 29 percent claim they don’t have enough time.
But 27 percent fear that if they do try something new, they might not enjoy it.
In fact, only nine percent of respondents feel they are “very much” living their best life – with Gen Z most likely to feel this way (17 percent).
Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of all adults wish they were braver when it comes to trying new things, with those aged 35-44 most likely to feel this way – as a whopping 83 percent of this age group say they’d like to be braver.
And 23 percent of adults believe they would experience more joy and fulfilment if they lived a more spontaneous and exciting life.
But 38 percent say they do want to get out of their comfort zones and experience new things, according to the OnePoll.com figures.
Mentos Fanta’s spokesman added: “Those in the middle-age ranges seem to be stuck between two poles – they’re not young and carefree anymore, but they’re not so old that they’re past wanting to experience new things.
“It seems like Gen X really need to shake things up and try something new, more than anyone else!”