Hundreds of origami birds worth thousands of pounds have been folded and set free across 14 shopping centres nationwide including intu Milton Keynes, following new research revealing that unexpectedly finding money is the nation’s most joyful surprise.
A team of experts spent over 130 hours folding hundreds of origami birds worth £10 each, which are being hidden to surprise and delight shoppers nationwide by intu, owner of some of the UK’s largest and most popular shopping centres. The birds will be hidden around the centre between Friday 12 May and Sunday 14 May so make sure you keep your eyes peeled!
The Spring release of the origami birds is part of intu’s pledge to make customers smile and follows research that it’s the simple surprises that bring the most happiness. Finding money was voted the South East’s happiest surprise, following by hearing your favourite song come on the radio, getting a refund you thought was a bill, realising it’s a weekend and not a work day and hearing from an old friend unexpectedly.
The research also revealed that nearly a third in South East (27 per cent) get more happiness from something unexpected rather than something planned. Two thirds (69 per cent) of those surveyed said shopping makes them happier and a quarter (24 per cent) go shopping to cheer themselves up.
If you find one of the birds, you will need to cash in the gift card by the 31 May.