The 50 little things in life that make us happy

What makes you happy? They say it’s the little things in life and new research by new deal-hunting smartphone app Spirini has confirmed it.

Bagging a shopping bargain, finding a £10 note and getting a compliment are among the top 50 little moments that make us happiest.

Seeing an old couple holding hands, seeing the sunshine, getting into a bed with fresh sheets, and the smell of bacon also help to brighten our day. Other happy moments include seeing a dog with their head sticking out of the car window, being surprised with flowers or chocolates and the first coffee of the day.

Also in the top 50 is seeing an old couple holding hands, watching funny animal videos and the smell of freshly-cut grass.

Having a good hair day features high in the list, along with seeing a baby smile and waking up at the weekend and realising you don’t have to go to work.

Perfectly toasted toast, the lift arriving the second you push the button and getting some juicy gossip from a pal also make us smile.

Don't worry, be happy

Unfortunately for many, the hustle and bustle of everyday life means the average person is only happy for 5 hours 33 minutes on a typical day. The research found that UK adults are typically happy four times a day and we are at our happiest when we are 26 years old.

Over half of respondents consider themselves to be happy more often than not – just 16 per cent described themselves as generally unhappy.

Nine out of 10 Brits said they like to be spontaneous – although 47 per cent admit they aren’t impromptu enough. And six in 10 people polled said they rely on others for a spot of spontaneity – in fact the typical UK adult is pleasantly surprised four times a day on average.

Top 50 little things that make us happy

  1. Getting a bargain
  2. Getting into a bed with freshly ironed sheets
  3. Seeing the sunshine
  4. Finding a forgotten tenner in your pocket
  5. Being told you’ve lost weight
  6. Funny animal videos
  7. Someone telling you that you look nice
  8. Seeing a baby’s smile
  9. Smell of freshly cut grass
  10. Seeing an older couple holding hands
  11. When daffodils come into bloom
  12. A lie in
  13. When your favourite song comes on the radio
  14. The smell of bacon
  15. Having a good hair day
  16. Being surprised with flowers or chocolate
  17. Someone thinking you’re younger than you actually are
  18. A spontaneous hug/kiss/I love you from your kids
  19. Being spontaneous
  20. Waking up at the weekend (or Bank Holiday) and realising you don’t have to go to work
  21. First coffee or tea of the morning
  22. Home time after a day at work
  23. Hearing one of your children/grandchildren has been super polite
  24. Seeing your children/grandchildren win something
  25. Being greeted by your dog
  26. When a pen writes nicely
  27. Perfectly -toasted toast
  28. Finding a really comfy bra
  29. Seeing dogs stick their head out of car windows
  30. Getting asked for ID even though you’re clearly old enough to drink
  31. The lift arriving the second you push the button
  32. When your cake rises
  33. Catching your train in time
  34. Getting some juicy gossip from a friend
  35. Seeing people fall over
  36. Finding a forgotten bottle of your favourite tipple in the fridge/cupboard
  37. Feeling particularly energetic at a sports class
  38. Beating the traffic and speedily getting to work
  39. Falling asleep in front of the TV
  40. Getting new make-up/cosmetics
  41. Sound of Champagne corks popping
  42. Pouring a perfect beer
  43. Putting on a new pair of socks
  44. Taking a nice selfie
  45. Overtaking a smart Alec on the motorway
  46. Seeing a celebrity you don’t like get caught out
  47. Having just enough milk for a bowl of cereal
  48. Managing to perfectly mow lines into your garden lawn
  49. Peeling an apple in one long peel
  50. Overtaking another runner when you’re out for a jog