September 19, 2018
Whether it’s “pennies from heaven” or a true windfall, one of life’s greatest small victories is finding cash in a long-unworn coat pocket, according to results of a study conducted on behalf of the online casino Casumo.com by OnePoll.
Other mood-boosters include receiving an unexpected discount at the checkout counter and spotting loose change on the street, according to a report on the study posted by SWNS Digital.
Greg Tatton-Brown, a marketing and management consultant based in London, commented on behalf of Casumo, “There’s something completely untainted about finding an extra fiver in a coat you haven’t worn in a long time, and it feels right that the experience was named the ultimate little victory in life.
A list of the top 20 little victories we all celebrate, compiled by the researchers, includes the following:
- Finding money in a coat pocket;
- Learning at the checkout counter that your purchase is on sale;
- Finding money on the floor;
- Getting good weather for a special event;
- When a delivery scheduled between 8 m. and 5 p.m. arrives at 8.01 a.m.;
- Not needing any work done at the dentist;
- Receiving an unexpected tax refund;
- When you arrive in a full parking lot just as someone is leaving a space;
- Being upgraded to first class;
- Getting in a line at the front just before loads of other people arrive;
- Someone leaving a table in a busy pub just as you get there;
- Getting home just as the postman was about to leave a ‘Sorry we missed you’ card;
- Finding a parking space right outside the shop you are going into;
- Coming into the house just as it starts raining;
- Getting to the bus stop just as it arrives;
- When a social event you really don’t want to attend gets cancelled;
- Getting two chocolate bars instead of one from the vending machine;
- Hitting all the green lights on the way into work;
- Getting the last of something on offer in a supermarket; or
- Waking up in the night and realizing you still have hours left in bed before you have to get up.
Indeed, fully 74% of respondents think that a little win has the power to rescue a bad day from disaster and give them a sunnier perspective on things. One-quarter of survey participants said they are most likely to encounter a win at home, and only 5% of workers think they are most likely to score a little victory at work.
One in five also admit that they write a smug post on social media to publicly share their little win, no matter how small. Conversely, 37% get a little boost hearing about other people’s victories, and 48% say they do their best each day to make sure people they know get the little wins they need.
Tatton-Brown added: “They are innocuous in most cases, and often barely worth bringing up in conversation, but there is still a small and personal joy in getting a little win when things might not be going your way.
“Whether it’s spotting a lucky penny on the ground, landing a lucky win on an online game, or even swinging your car into a parking space flawlessly, life is full of little victories.
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