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Finding a ten pound note in an old pair of jeans and being told you’ve lost weight are among life’s greatest pleasure triggers, it emerged yesterday.

A study of 3,000 adults revealed simple pleasures such as getting into a bed with freshly washed sheets and seeing an old couple holding hands also help to brighten our day.

Sunshine was found to be largely responsible for our good mood – such as waking up to a sunny day, sitting in the sun, having a picnic in the sun, and driving with the car windows down on a sunny day all appearing in the top 20.

Other happy moments include being surprised with flowers or chocolates, getting a nice message or cuddle from a loved one, or getting a thank you card in the post.

Unfortunately for many, the hustle and bustle of everyday life means the average person is only happy for half the week.

A spokesman for Three Barrels Brandy, who conducted the research of the top 50 things which make people happy, said: “It would seem that despite not feeling entirely happy for three out of seven days of the week, it doesn’t take much to lift our spirits.

“We can be having a terrible day at work, snowed under a pile of work, when a quick thank you from the boss can pick us up and make us feel great.

“Similarly, we could be stuck in traffic, when our favourite song comes on the radio and makes us forget about the nightmare daily commute.

“Small gestures from friends and family can also work wonders when you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps.”

The poll suggests being told you have lost weight or having a good hair day is enough to put people in a good mood.

Other happiness triggers include booking a new holiday, winning a tenner in the lottery, finding a bargain in the sales and being surprised with a romantic night out.

Food such as a traditional Sunday roast, a big slab of chocolate or a slice of cake also cheers folk up.

And simple things such as having a quiet moment to yourself, a walk in the country, hearing a baby laugh or smelling cut grass or baked bread can work wonders.

Many Brits appreciate generosity from others – warming to those who offer an elderly person a seat on the bus or train, and people who pass on their parking ticket in the car park.

Finding out your children have done well at school, swanky hotel rooms, landing at the holiday airport and snogging also appear in the top 50 things which make us happy.

The Three Barrels spokesman added: “It’s great to see there are plenty of everyday occurrences and instances accessible to us all that have made the top 50.

”Simple things like the smell of freshly baked bread or cookies, friendships and listening to your favourite song make such a positive difference to the way we feel we should try and experience them more often. Personally putting my feet up with my other half and enjoying a drink at the end of a long day always makes me happy.”

The findings show 38 per cent of people feel happier on a Saturday than any other day of the week, usually around 6 o’clock in the evening.

TOP 50 THINGS WHICH MAKE US HAPPY

  1. Finding a ten pound note in an old pair of jeans
  2. Going on holiday
  3. Getting into bed with freshly washed sheets
  4. Swimming in the sea
  5. Waking up on a sunny day
  6. Sitting in the sun
  7. Being surprised with flowers or chocolates
  8. Getting a nice message from a loved one
  9. Cuddles
  10. Getting a thank you card in the post
  11. Old people holding hands
  12. Driving a car with the window down on a sunny day
  13. Winning a tenner on the lottery
  14. Booking a new holiday
  15. Listening to your favourite song
  16. Finding a bargain in the sales
  17. Seeing an old friend
  18. Picnic in the park on a sunny day
  19. Getting a promotion at work
  20. Being treated to a romantic night out
  21. Hearing a song that reminds you of your past
  22. Looking back at old photographs
  23. Making a new friend
  24. Getting a quiet moment to myself
  25. Walks in the country
  26. Hearing a baby laugh
  27. Having a girlie / lads night out
  28. Waking on up on a Saturday morning and realising it’s the weekend
  29. Chocolate
  30. Eating a cake
  31. Fitting into an old pair of jeans you thought were too small
  32. Getting praise from your boss after working hard on something
  33. The smell of freshly baked bread or cookies
  34. A warm bubble bath at the end of a stressful day
  35. Someone telling you you’ve lost weight
  36. Finding out someone likes you
  37. Sunday dinners
  38. The Smell of cut grass
  39. Landing at the holiday airport
  40. A good hair day
  41. Bank holidays
  42. Passing a driving test
  43. Swanky hotel rooms
  44. Finding out your children have done well at school
  45. Someone offering an elderly person their seat on the bus or train
  46. Someone giving you their car parking ticket when you arrive in the car park
  47. Waking up to find out it has snowed overnight
  48. Drinking a cold beer after work
  49. Eating comfort food
  50. Snogging


It would seem that despite not feeling entirely happy for three out of seven days of the week, it doesn't take much to lift our spirits.

A spokesman for Three Barrels Brandy



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