Poll reveals the sayings we love to hear

Poll reveals the sayings we love to hear (Thinkstock)

The phrase 'practice makes perfect' has been deemed as the most influential saying picked up in childhood that is used well into adulthood, according to a new poll.

The NSPCC has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of pearls of wisdom in shaping a child's life. In a survey of 2,000 people, it was revealed that three-quarters of adults can remember a phrase or piece of advice given to them in their younger years, while 80 per cent of respondents aged over 60 still use the childhood sayings today.

According to the research, 63 per cent of people surveyed said 'practice makes perfect' was the most influential pearl of wisdom, with 'treat others how you'd like to be treated' (62 per cent) and 'if at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again' (54 per cent) following in second and third respectively.

A number of celebrities are backing the campaign, including Stephen Fry, Lord Alan Sugar and Piers Morgan, who will be tweeting the pearls of wisdom significant to their lives, using the hashtag #childhoodwisdom.

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, said: "We're entering a fresh phase in the NSPCC's 130-year history – abuse robs children of a happy childhood but it doesn't have to be that way.

"We want to show how actions that all of us can take help ensure children's experiences are positive and one way of doing this is to impart words of wisdom."

But rather than taking advice from family and friends, research conducted by national charity Citizens Advice found that last year, over a third of the UK online population turned to internet search engines for guidance in life.

Another method of seeking advice to map out one's future includes visiting a psychic medium. This involves receiving a tarot card reading or speaking to a clairvoyant about various topics such as family, careers and relationships. One of our experts here at PsychicsOnline could lead the way.

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