Study: 23 and 69 Are the Happiest Ages

In case you hadn't noticed, life is one big roller coaster ride

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Just when you thought 33 was the new 20, a recent study indicates that the ages at which we’re most satisfied are in fact 23 and 69, giving us not one but two stages of life to relish.

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The study that identified those two pinnacle satisfaction periods, conducted by the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, involved a massive number of participants: 23,161 people, ranging in age from 17 to 85, reports Daily Mail.

What goes up must come down: after our early twenties, happiness declines on the way to our mid-fifties; then, after cycling back up through our late sixties, it falls again once we reach 75. If you’re having a midlife crisis — brooding over life choices and unfulfilled ambitions — buck up, better days are coming: the turnaround point is 55, according to the study, at which point happiness starts climbing once more (though that second harder turnaround after 75 sounds a little ominous).

Don’t take any of this as inevitable, however, because mental attitudes play an important role: Another recent study (via Scientific American) published in the Journal of Research in Personality that analyzed thousands of people across nearly four decades of life, age 16 forward, found that extroverted, emotionally stable young adults tended to be happier in retirement than young adults who’d been reticent or experienced an emotionally turbulent early adulthood.

Again, as Scientific American points out, those are just tendencies, not guarantees, and common sense (buttressed by research sense) about happiness and our psychological well-being’s ability to impact our health and longevity applies: Figuring out what makes you happy (really happy, that is) or improving unhappy life circumstances could well add time to our lives.

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15 comments
Trap12
Trap12

Well, 23 was for most part spent in Vietnam at LZ's Gator and Minuteman and exploring the "pleasures" of the Batangan Peninsula and losing god and a soul.  Then, my father died on my 24th birthday the on the 39th day of my return back to the states.

SO, taking your word for it and really!!!!!! looking forward to my 69th birthday in a year and a half.

columbok
columbok

The secret to enjoying life is to grow older GRACEFULLY one day at at time (remember there is no "Fountain Of Youth").

Wake up with an attitude of gratitude and "Pay It Forward" daily and you will find happiness and age gracefully...

Practice care, respect, responsibility, and knowledge and you will live "The Art Of Loving!"

cynthetta
cynthetta

Every day above ground is a good day!

martinengegren
martinengegren

I have a few more years of joy then it is over! God bless / Martin Engegren

lroy77
lroy77

According to this article, I have about four more years of misery. That's a long time when you're unemployed and heavily in debt.

YonPhang
YonPhang

17-22 always been happiest time in my life, im 22!

kaitlynfae
kaitlynfae

Being 23 years of age, and 2013 being far from the happiest year of my life, I'd like to say.....did I miss something?!?

CSH1980
CSH1980

69 with a 23 year old at any as an adult and I'm happy :D

kscanuck
kscanuck

I've loved my 30's! If it only gets better, awesome!

loukraml1
loukraml1

I'm thirty... And I am still waiting lol

pcox104
pcox104

17 was by far the happiest. I'm 27 now.

Mealz1042
Mealz1042

22 was my best year so far... You know, judging from the ripe old age of 24 :) 

Dr_D_
Dr_D_

Happiest and most satisfied are they who know how to balance their lives.

cjh2nd
cjh2nd like.author.displayName 1 Like

i know why 69 is such a happy number...

sorry. i had to.