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The Surprising Age Most People Are Happiest

You’ll understand when you’re a little older. While most of us remember hearing (and probably resenting) this from our elders while we were growing up, but it turns out that it’s true. A new study that was commissioned by tech giant Samsung to find out at which age people are most content with their lives turned up some surprising results.

Old Enough To Know Better

Many people assume that their twenties, a time of youth and carefree optimism, would be the happiest time of their lives. Surprisingly, according to the survey, it’s not anytime in the 20s, 30s or even 40s when people are the happiest. The results found that those aged 65 to 79 tended to report the highest average levels of personal well-being. Even more amazing, those aged 90 and over reported higher life satisfaction and happiness compared with people in their middle years.

Something To Look Forward To (Not)

Age 35 was when people reported being the least happy, between stress from balancing family life, parenting, and increasing responsibilities in the workplace with career advancement. Unsurprisingly, money was also a big stressor among those surveyed. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said quality family time was what brought them the most contentment and being happy with their line of work was the second most important factor in overall happiness.

Something To Actually Look Forward To

In one of his more well-known poems, Robert Browning wrote, “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made.” In light of this new research maybe it should not come as a surprise that he was 52 when he wrote that poem. By the time we’re hitting our 50s, we’re usually feeling more confident in ourselves, having gotten over the hurdles of raising a family and making it in your career. It’s good to know whatever the age, there’s always something to look forward to.