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    The top 50 signs you’re winning at life

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    A study of 2,000 adults revealed the indicators things are going your way – including parallel parking on the first attempt and no one sitting in front of you at the cinema.

    Other ‘punch the air moments’ include having a good hair day, enjoying sunshine on your day off, and discovering an old item of clothing still fits you.

    It also emerged half of those polled believe they’re winning at life.

    The study by Buzz Bingo found the typical adult enjoys around four little wins a week – that’s 184 during an average year.

    However, they claim to need closer to five in order to get through a seven-day period – 237 over the course of 12 months.

    Which might explain why three quarters believe they need more of these moments in their life, and why two thirds are of the opinion they’re due a bit luck.

    Other wins include putting in a USB the right way round first time, getting served at the bar straightaway, and having enough milk for one last cup of tea.

    Receiving the all-clear on your MOT, getting an unexpected pay rise, and it starting to rain just after you’ve brought the washing in are also welcome victories.

    So are those occasions when social events you couldn’t be bothered with get cancelled and waking up thinking it’s a weekday but realising it’s the weekend.

    It also emerged eight in 10 said these victories give them a happy glow – a feeling which typically lasts for one hour and 45 minutes.

    Part of the reason for this feeling might be that wins make them luckier – or at least that’s what 70 per cent believe.

    But sadly, the study carried out through OnePoll found 82 per cent ‘can’t remember’ the last time they had one.


    1.            Finally finding something you’d lost and been looking for ages

    2.            Traffic lights turning green as you approach

    3.            Getting an unexpected tax rebate

    4.            Getting an unexpected pay rise

    5.            Getting in a queue at the front just before loads of other people join the queue

    6.            When your car gets the all-clear on its MOT

    7.            Getting a small win on the lottery

    8.            Getting a free hotel upgrade

    9.            When something you have planted successfully blooms/produces fruit or veg

    10.          When it’s sunny on a day off work

    11.          When you do some DIY and it actually looks like it should

    12.          When someone takes a photo of you and you look good in it

    13.          Getting a compliment from a stranger

    14.          When it starts raining just after you’ve brought the washing in

    15.          When someone says you are wrong about something, so you Google it and find you were correct

    16.          Finding you still fit into an old but special piece of clothing – like a suit or dress

    17.          Waking up thinking it’s a weekday but realising it’s the weekend

    18.          Arriving late for the train only to discover it’s been slightly delayed

    19.          When a social event you couldn’t be bothered with gets cancelled

    20.          Getting to the bus stop or train platform just as your transport arrives

    21.          Parallel parking on the first attempt

    22.          When the clocks go back and you get an extra hour in bed

    23.          Getting a seat on a busy train

    24.          Receiving an online delivery earlier than expected

    25.          When you remember a bar of chocolate you’d been saving

    26.          Getting the house to yourself

    27.          Having a ‘good hair day’

    28.          When you get an answer right when watching a gameshow

    29.          When you get served at the bar straightaway

    30.          Winning an online auction with a last second bid

    31.          Going to the cinema and having no one sat in front of you

    32.          When you attempt a joke and it lands / people find it funny

    33.          Not having to queue at the pumps for petrol

    34.          When you order a present for someone and it arrives just in time

    35.          When your birthday falls on a weekend or Bank Holiday

    36.          When your partners says “shall we have a take-away tonight?”

    37.          The satisfaction of having put something away where you would be able to find it later

    38.          Coming home from work and dinner is ready

    39.          Filling up petrol and perfectly stopping dead on the pound

    40.          Getting back to your car just as the parking ticket is about to run out/ go up to the next price bracket

    41.          Remembering your shopping bags and pound for the trolley

    42.          When you crack an egg and don’t get any shell in the mix/don’t break the yolk

    43.          Discovering a work meeting has been cancelled

    44.          When your child sleeps through the night

    45.          Having enough milk for one last cup of tea

    46.          Getting to work late and discovering your boss hasn’t arrived yet either

    47.          Putting in a USB the right way round first time

    48.          Discovering your boss has the day off

    49.          Getting out the right key for the door lock at the first attempt

    50.          Posting on social media and getting lots of likes

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