(Telegraph) A study was carried out by research specialist Brainjuicer who asked over 1,000 people nationally what made them happy.
They were asked to rate 50 different life events and experiences and compare them with the pleasure gained from a lottery windfall. Using a rating system a monetary value was calculated for those little things in life which make us happy.
“We started looking at the things that make a real difference in people lives and saying there is more to life than worrying about belt tightening in a recession,” said Alberts. “What it is doing is making us think twice about spending money and what we really want in life.
“It was interesting when doing the research that very few people mentioned money and people focused on family occasion, hanging out with friends, having a quiet time on their own, seeing grandchildren and visiting places they had never seen before as things that made a real difference in their lives.”
Being in good health turns out to be our most precious possession with a value of £180,105. Being told “I Love You” comes second and is worth £163,424, followed by being in a stable relationship £154,849.
Other events in the top ten of life’s best experiences are: living in a peaceful and safe country – £129,448; having children – £123,592; spending time with your family – £110,04; laughing – £108,021; having sex – £105,210; going on holiday – £91,759; savouring the peace and quiet – £89,828.
What’s your most prized possession? Apart from being healthy, being told ‘I love you’ really is as important as it seems. The Beatles had it right all along…