Finding a £10 note in an old pair of jeans make us happiest

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 09:03 AM IST

London: Finding a ten pound note in an old pair of jeans and being told you’ve lost weight are the things that make us happiest, according to a new study.

The poll of 3,000 adults, which set out to find the top 50 things that make people happy, also found that getting into a bed with freshly washed sheets or seeing an elderly couple holds hands also triggers our good mood.

It revealed that happiness is accessible to us all – through the simplest day-to-day occurrences, the Daily Mail reported.

And 38 per cent of us feel happier on a Saturday than any other day of the week, particularly when we wake up and realise the weekend starts here.

Sunshine was found to be largely responsible for us feeling jolly, featuring in the top 10, while having a quiet moment to yourself, hearing a baby laugh or the smell of freshly cut grass also change our mood for the better.

Most of those polled said they appreciate generosity from others – warming to those who offer an elderly person a seat on the bus or train, or who pass on their parking ticket in the car park.

But the average person is only happy for half the week due to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

“Despite not feeling entirely happy for three out of seven days of the week, it doesn’t take much to lift our spirits,” said a spokesman for Three Barrels Brandy, who conducted the research.

“We can be having a terrible day when a quick thank you from the boss can and make us feel great. Small gestures from friends and family also work wonders,” the spokesman added.