How extra hour in bed and to-do lists hold real key to happiness

In our new normal where we can’t celebrate with friends and family like we used to, it seems focusing on the mundane things can actually bring more joy than we realised.

It is believed that everyday ‘little wins’ hold the key to happiness, sparking joy that leave us just as content as slamming tequilas on a Friday night.

The most popular of these ‘little wins’ is finding money in an old coat pocket, followed by receiving an unexpected gift in the post, and getting a compliment from a stranger.

The new research, carried out by Barefoot Wine, shows that Brits enjoy an average of three wins a week, with these moments helping us forget the negative aspects of life.

Speaking about the study, a spokesman for Barefoot said: “Now more than ever it’s important that we appreciate the little moments in life and this research shows that celebrating the ‘little wins’ can really make a difference – whether that’s starting the day with sun, having a weekend lie-in or winding down and having a glass of wine.

“Barefoot Wine has always been about celebrating positivity and raising a glass to the everyday little wins, which is why we’re encouraging people all around the country to raise a ‘virtual cheers’ every Saturday to celebrate the little things with family and friends.”

Other wins on the Top 50 include waking up to sunshine, getting into fresh bedding at the end of the day, and traffic lights turning green as you approach.

There’s also watching the sunset, completing a to-do list, and having an extra hour in bed.

Our personal favourite, however, has to be getting a free item with the takeaway.

It appears little wins can equal big rewards too, with each one bringing a happy spell of 74 minutes each time – that’s almost four hours of happiness a week.

For the full list, see the Top 50 below:

1 Finding money in an old coat pocket
2 Waking up to sunshine
3 Receiving an unexpected gift in the post
4 Getting into fresh bedding at the end of the day
5 Traffic lights turning green as you approach
6 Watching the sunset
7 Completing a to-do list
8 Completing a DIY task by yourself
9 Winning a lucky dip on the lottery
10 Getting a compliment from a stranger
11 Getting an extra hour in bed
12 When your favourite song comes on the radio or playlist
13 Getting a free item in your takeaway
14 Finding a forgotten stash of chocolate
15 Receiving an online delivery earlier than expected
16 Putting comfy clothes on at the end of a busy day
17 Seeing a happy dog on a walk
18 Completing a gardening task successfully
19 Waking up thinking it’s a weekday but realising it’s the weekend
20 Getting the last parking space in a car park
21 Receiving a call from a long distant friend or family member
22 Being thanked for helping a neighbour
23 Finding out it’s a four-day working week
24 Fitting into a pair of jeans you’d forgotten about
25 Getting a new recipe right
26 Keeping a plant alive
27 Seeing the item you need fully stocked in the supermarket
28 Parallel parking on a first attempt
29 Waking up to a heart-warming text
30 Having the exact amount of change to pay for something
31 Remembering to cancel a subscription before the free trial ends
32 Having an umbrella in your bag when it starts raining
33 Completing a food shop without forgetting any items
34 Completing a home workout
35 Waking up on a ‘good hair day’
36 Having a crisp, refreshing glass of wine at the end of the day
37 Having a surprise date night with your partner
38 Getting a product upgrade in your online food shop
39 When your favourite box set returns
40 Waking up just before your alarm
41 Finding a forgotten bottle of wine
42 Winning a virtual quiz
43 Getting likes on your social media post
44 Taking a ‘good’ selfie first time
45 Getting a personal best time for a run
46 Painting your nails without smudging
47 When your child sleeps through the night
48 When your kids play happily together
49 Finding that your favourite bottle of wine is in stock
50 Loading the dishwasher perfectly