London: Finding money in an old pair of jeans, having a picnic in the sun, getting flowers or chocolates from a loved one or a thank you card in the mail are some of the things that make people feel happy, a study has revealed.

A person being told that he or she has lost weight, climbing into bed with freshly washed sheets and seeing an old couple hold hands also help brighten a person's day, says the study of 3,000 people conducted by Three Barrels Brandy.

Sunshine was found to be one of the major factors for happiness. 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 appear in the top 20, daily reported.

"We can be having a terrible day at 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," a research spokesman said.
Most people feel at their happiest at around 6 p.m. Saturdays, the research revealed.

The list of 50 things that make people happy:

1. Finding a 10-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. Seeing old people holding hands

12. Driving a car with the window down on a sunny day

13. Winning a tenner

14. Booking a holiday

15. Listening to your favourite song

16. Finding a bargain

17. Seeing an old friend

18. Picnic in the park

19. Getting promoted

20. Romantic night out

21. Hearing a song that reminds you of your past

22. Looking back at old photos

23. Making a new friend

24. Getting a quiet moment to yourself

25. Walks in the country

26. Hearing a baby laugh

27. Having a girlie/lads night out

28. Waking up on a Saturday morning and realising it's the weekend

29. Chocolate

30. Eating cake

31. Fitting into a pair of jeans you thought were too small

32. Praise from your boss

33. Smell of freshly baked bread or cookies

34. Warm bubble bath

35. Someone telling you you have lost weight

36. Finding out someone likes you

37. Sunday dinners

38. Smell of freshly cut grass

39. Landing at the holiday airport

40. Good hair day

41. Bank holidays

42. Passing a driving test

43. Swanky hotel rooms

44. Children doing well at school

45. Someone offering elderly people their seat on the bus or train

46. Someone giving you their car parking ticket at 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. Kissing

(Agencies)