Here is a list of some of the things that have made me happy over the last week or so

• Playing squash with a friend and then recovering from those Herculean efforts with a pint in the pub.

• Catching up with said friend on all that has happened since we last saw each other over another drink and a portion of fish and chips.

Opening the door to the pub room I was staying in with my wife and seeing a bed the size of a swimming pool.


• A three-course meal featuring scallops, sticky toffee pudding and a bottle of Chablis recommended by a knowledgeable member of the pub's team.

• Getting a good night's sleep without an alarm clock provided by jumping children for the first time in months.

• An abundant breakfast and a mug of coffee that cleared a slightly fuzzy head and set me up for the day.

• Finishing the latest edition of Inapub and marking such a momentous event by having a couple of drinks with work mates in a boozer.

• Laughing about the ridiculousness of the new drinking guidelines as we settled down to a third pint.

• Getting cosy by a pub fire to catch up on work emails, Facebook, Twitter, and the progress of England's latest batting collapse.

• Sneaking to the pub for a quick coffee before the school run.

• The same pub having no problem with me leaving the motor in the car park when I went to get the boy, with the rain lashing down outside.

• Meeting a couple of licensees implementing hundreds of ideas at their pub, including a Caribbean-inspired menu.

• Jerk chicken, salt fish and akee, curried mutton, oysters in Mount Gay rum with vanilla...

• Listening to a fairly saucy conversation between barstaff and a customer before introducing myself as the editor of a pub trade magazine.

• Watching the world go by.

• Discovering a pub where you can play crazy golf in a pub marquee.

• Playing crazy golf really badly.

• Reading a report that says going to the pub makes you happy.

That report, compiled by Oxford professors on behalf of CAMRA, confirms everything that people who regularly go to pubs already know – they are good for your health.

It's a strange world we live in when it takes research by academics to generate headlines on a subject that to many people is stating the bleeding obvious.

I know I'm lucky, I get to go to the pub for both work and pleasure, and those two often intertwine.

So thank you CAMRA and the professors for further getting the message out there that pubs are places of community and happiness.

But thank you more to the licensees, staff and customers who are the ones who ensure pubs remain that way.