Life's little pleasures

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Forget the lottery as the best things in life are free... well, some of them!

The Top

1. A hug with a partner

2. Clean bed sheets

3. Chocolate

4. Booking a holiday

5. Christmas dinner

26. Payday

27. Eating

28. Tea and cake

29. Dinner with friends

30. Getting off a plane
into hot weather

6. Country walks

7. Someone saying 'I love you'

8. Catching up with old friends

9. A clean house

10. Drinks

31. Receiving flowers

32. Being productive

33. First hugs

34. Hot drinks in cold weather

35. Duvet days
11. A cup of coffee

12. Buying new clothes

13. A day at the beach

14. Getting a compliment

15. Giving presents

We all fantasize about a lottery win and the luxury it would bring. But when it comes to life's everyday pleasures, most of us are happy simply being told: "I love you." Money cannot buy some of the things we cherish most, like being paid a compliment, country walks and catching up with old friends.

In fact, in a nod to the austere times we live in, almost all our favourite things are free, a poll shows.

36. Having a fridge
full of new food

37. Christmas television

38. Hot chocolate

39. Going to the theatre

40. Traffic-free journeys

Cuddles with children, tidying the house and a crisp winter's day are among life's Top 50 pleasures that do not cost a thing. But for everything else, like a big box of chocolates, booking a summer holiday or having a fridge full of fresh food, there's a price to pay.The list was compiled by Ordnance Survey in the UK to coincide with the launch of its custom-made maps, which allow people to add their own titles or humorous pictures to a favourite part of the country.
16. Cuddles with your children

17. A cheese board

18. Reading a book

19. A cup of tea

20. To hear 'I love you'
from a child

41. Having your hair done

42. Putting on pyjamas

43. Steak

44. Good photos

45. Receiving post

21. Receiving presents

22. Cuddles with a baby

23. Watching films
with a blanket and
a fire when it's raining

24. Crisp winter weather

25. Sitting in a garden

Managing director Nick Giles said: "Our everyday lives are becoming so much more stressful and busier than ever before. Because of this, many of us appreciate things like reading a book or going for a stroll a lot more than we used to.
"Some 80 per cent of the 2,000 people who took part in our survey enjoy exploring the countryside, many preferring to do it on foot. Something as simple as a relaxing country walk can turn a bad day into a good one."

46. Going to the cinema

47. Getting really dressed up

48. Pub roasts

49. Birthday parties

50. Picnics


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