It has been said many times before that happiness is the key to life, and if that means the feeling of finding £5 in a jacket you wore five years ago or seeing an entire stretch of traffic lights turn green, they could well be on to something.
But what about those incidental moments that can also bring a smile to our faces? Here's ten we hope you agree are guaranteed to turn that frown upside down.
1. Hitting the zeros at a petrol pump
There’s just nothing like that feeling of overwhelming joy after landing a round number bang on when filling up your tank. One penny over, you’re a failure. On the money and you’re a hero. Shame each digit over costs around £90,000 these days.
2. Facebook interest
It’s just a little red circle, but in a virtual community where saying something interesting is the same as staying afloat, a notification means you’ve been noticed and that means you’ve been saved. Of course, the best bit is pre-click, at which point it could represent just about anything: a comment on your photos from Cambodia, a long lost reunion, an offer for casual sex… Oh… it’s an invitation to sponsor someone’s 5K run.
3. Clearing all notification icons from your screen
Out, damn spot! Will this panel of mail and social networking apps ne’er be clean? Those festering red marks are blights upon the beauty of that Super-duper AMOLED display. Emails going unread or Google+ never clicked upon is a sign of failure and moral turpitude. You know your granddad would smack you about the face if he heard you say that updating your apps was a chore. By wiping the slate clean, you’re taking back control of your life; regaining your aesthetic equilibrium.
4. Turning off a console without the TV being on
Making the mistake of switching the TV off first needn’t be a disaster if you can summon your innate navigatory skills. It may simply be a case of holding the middle button, then up twice, then select, but when flying blind it’s anyone’s guess. Then, as if cracking a heavy duty combination vault, the games machine clicks into sleep. You’ve landed without the instruments.