Photo-bomb squirrel is world's happiest picture

Published Friday, Jun 19 2015, 18:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
This picture of a squirrel photo-bombing a couple's holiday snap has been voted the world's happiest picture.

More than 70 per cent of people said they could not resist smiling at all at the image taken in Canada in 2009 that quickly went viral.

Photo-bomb squirrel is the photo most likely to make us smile

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Psychologist Dr Simon Moore explains the reason why so many of us have a happy response to the picture.

He says: "The unexpected element in this shot, and our response to it, may help to explain why photo-bombing has become such a popular trend – it results in an unexpected emotional experience.

"Sudden 'nice' surprises are good as psychologically we feel we got more than we were expecting."

Cute baby in a pink hat - one of the images that makes us smile the most

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Other photos in the poll, conducted by Coca Cola, included a grinning baby in a pink hat, a smiling snowy owl and a curious giraffe, which all prompted smiles from seven out of 10 people.

An image of a cute dog lying asleep on the grass had a smile score of 69 per cent.

All together now... awwww!

by Tammy Hughes

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