Think back over the years when you were your happiest. Was it in your 20s and 30s, when you were first starting your adult life, or later, after you felt more settled?
Most evidence points to happiness as being shaped more like a U than a straight line that goes up or down (depending on your point of view). According to science, happiness peaks in your early 20s and then declines until you hit your middle years. Then it starts to rise up again when you are over 60. The reason: People start to appreciate the little things in life and to accept what can't be changed. That brings more peace and well-being.
A new British survey confirms this idea. After asking thousands of people to rate their happiness and anxiety levels over a three-year period, it found that people between the ages of 45 and 59 have the lowest satisfaction. But then, the rates of happiness begin to climb--and get highest for seniors, those aged 65 to 79. Anxiety dips during those years, too.
Given all our stereotypes about old age, it's great to think that the best is yet to come!
via Huffington Post
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