Why Feeling Your Happiest Doesn’t Come As Early As You May Think

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When it comes to your age, it really is nothing but a number– and no, that’s not only what old people say.

According to a recent survey, 2,000 Britons are saying it, too– many of which are surely under the ripe old age of…ya’know, whatever age is considered old (I don’t want to offend any of you lovely elderly ladies and stoic older gentleman out there).

That’s because age is only as old as you feel it is– meaning you don’t have to feel down and depressed once you’re in your twilight years, and you don’t have to woefully watch young healthy people enjoy themselves while you sit there grumpy and depressed.

Fortunately, it appears many of us recognize that already, as– get this– the survey found that people who were 58 years old were the happiest in life.

Wait– what about those hip high-schoolers or rising-star 20-somethings? Aren’t they happier than people who’ve surpassed their third decade of existence? Nope.

How about those 30-somethings, with their life goals being firmly accomplished and their dreams coming into actuality? Well, with all those dreams being realized, seems to come overwhelming responsibilities suffered: the survey also found that people who were 35 were the least content with their lives!

So what makes post-half-century life so sweet? According to Cary Cooper, a professor of organizational psychology and health at the University of Lancaster, “By the time we reach our 50s, we feel much more confident — allowing us to set the agenda when it comes to working hours and family life.”

The biggest issue with most of the survey respondents revolved around money troubles, as it was found to be a leading contributor for derailed happiness in mid-30s respondents. The thing that brought most people happiness was quality family time, as two-thirds of those surveyed admitted their time with loved ones as being vital to their overall happiness barometer. Also, having a satisfying job was the second-most important factor seen for overall happiness– meaning if you aren’t happy with your job, it’s time to look for a new one if you value those fading smiles! The more you put off finding your dream job, the longer you will remain unhappy.

One study concluded that life is best at age 23 and once more at 69, while still another saw that 33 was the age people were happiest at.

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