Poll reveals lifes top 50 little victories

Getting into fresh bedding at the end of the day, receiving a surprise pay rise at work and being served first at the bar are among life’s little victories.

Researchers polling 2,000 Brits have revealed the top 50 list of wins – which also includes finding money down the back of the sofa/in a pocket or handbag, arriving at a packed car park just as someone leaves and getting to leave work early.

Other ‘punch the air’ moments are getting the washing in before it starts to rain and when two chocolates fall out of the vending machine when you only paid for one.

Almost a quarter said hearing their favourite song on the radio was the highlight of their day, while 27 per cent agreed getting a surprise pay rise really boosted their mood.

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Peter Bennett, for fair online casino and bingo site PlayOJO, who commissioned the research, said: “It’s interesting to see from the research that achieving even one little victory is enough to make anyone’s day better.

“As a brand we believe in being playful and celebrating life’s little wins, so it’s great to see people having a little dance and generally having fun to celebrate their little victories.”

Researchers found even getting a free cup of coffee, putting comfy clothes on at the end of the day and nailing the Sunday roast are considered wins.

While others admit they feel a sense of achievement if they manage to leave work early or bring the washing in before the heavens open.

Over half of those polled claim they feel happy (58 per cent), lucky (36 per cent) and accomplished (19 per cent) when experiencing a victory.

And almost seven in 10 adults went as far to say any small achievements are enough to motivate them for the rest of the day.

When nice things do happen, 38 per cent give themselves the time to savour the moment – 13 per cent of respondents admit to doing a little happy dance, a sure-fire way to ensure the rest of the day goes smoothly.

The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found that 36 per cent have at least one or two little victories a week and 44 per cent are likely to share those successes with others.

Over half of respondents would tell their partner or spouse (53 per cent), while 35 per cent will share with friends, and it is usually done face to face or via text or call.

And 79 per cent love to listen to other people’s small successes, causing the majority to feel happy, pleased and positive.

Although it appears that some are a little green-eyed, with 14 per cent admitting they feel a bit jealous of someone else’s victories.

Peter Bennett at PlayOJO continues: “Sharing these exciting moments with others can share the joy and help motivate friends and loved ones to seek or share their own victories.

“The research shows that some will experience at least one of these moments a week, so anything that can boost that possibility is guaranteed to receive a warm welcome.”


  1. Finding money in a pocket/handbag/down back of the sofa

  2. Finding a fiver on the street

  3. Getting into fresh bedding at the end of the day

  4. Winning a little on the lottery/scratch cards

  5. Arriving at a packed car park just as someone is leaving

  6. Completing a to-do list

  7. Getting in just as it starts raining

  8. Completing a DIY task by yourself

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  9. Getting a surprise pay rise

  10. Getting home on all green lights

  11. Losing weight whilst eating whatever you wanted

  12. Completing a gardening task successfully

  13. Getting a load of washing in just before it starts raining

  14. Getting an extra hour in bed

  15. When your favourite song comes on the radio

  16. Putting comfy clothes on at the end of a busy day

  17. When two chocolates fall out of the vending machine when you paid for one

  18. Getting to leave work early

  19. Parallel parking on a first attempt

  20. Remembering to cancel a subscription before the free trial ends

  21. Wrapping the very last Christmas present

  22. Getting a free cup of coffee from your favourite coffee shop

  23. Finding a forgotten stash of chocolate

  24. Having the exact amount of change to pay for something

  25. Having an umbrella in your bag when it starts raining

  26. Finding snacks you'd forgot about in the cupboard

  27. Bad weather at home when you go on holiday

  28. Waking up on a ‘good hair day’

  29. Waitress leaving something off the bill

  30. Nailing the Sunday roast

  31. Waking up late and realising its your day off

  32. Getting served first at the bar

  33. Dropping a glass without it smashing

  34. The train/tube doors opening right in front of you

  35. Putting exactly £10 of petrol in the car

  36. Winning at the bingo

  37. Getting all the shopping in from the car in one trip

  38. Having a surprise date night with your partner

  39. When you successfully poach an egg

  40. Painting your nails without smudging

  41. When your kids play happily together

  42. Getting likes on your social media post

  43. Finding out you’re better looking than your partner’s ex

  44. When your child sleeps through the night

  45. When the baby’s nap times perfectly coincide with things you want to do

  46. Loading the dishwasher perfectly

  47. Finishing a run on a rounded number e.g. 30 minutes

  48. Getting THE shot on the first attempt for Instagram

  49. Your in laws cancelling their visit

  50. Forgetting your wallet/purse but remembering you can pay via your phone

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