Research has shown getting older could also mean getting happier. During 2016, research from the UK Office for National Statistics concluded the most joyful age bracket was 65-79.
The survey looked at
more than 300,000 adults across the UK and found life
satisfaction peaked at that age before declining over 80.
However, those in their 40s were shown to be less happy and with
the highest levels of anxiety.
In a blog post on
Psychology Today, Dr. Romeo Vitelli says that happiness can be a
tricky thing to define. It can mean the kind of joy that only
occurs at key moments in our lives, or it can simply be the
amount of positive emotion we happen to feel at any given time.
There appears to be an upswing as we get older.
A United States
research project found happiness was relatively stable for
people in their mid-20s to late 30s, then it declined during the
40s and slowly rose to a peak from 60 to 69 years old.
It is all relative, and
there is no set rule for how happy anyone will be at certain
times in life. I believe, regardless of age, you can be as
happy as you choose to be.