It’s likely you remember being your happiest when you hit a particular age in your life. Many people fondly remember their late teens and early twenties when you can legally buy an alcoholic beverage. Other milestone ages like entering a new decade of life are typically benchmarks. By now, you may have realized that life is full of ups and downs, but what age are people generally the happiest?
In order to find out, researchers from the Centre of Economic Performance at theLondon School of Economics and Political Science asked 23,000 German volunteers ages, 17 to 85 about life satisfaction. The volunteers were then asked to predict their level of happiness five years into the future. After the five year period, they reported their actual level of satisfaction.
Through the research, it was determined that on average happiness peaked at ages 23 and 69 and bottomed out in middle age, which creates a distinctive U-shaped curved between the ages.
That shouldn't come as much of a surprise being that people are generally eager to take on the world in their early twenties. It's likely that you've just finished college and about to begin a new career. Then in the middle ages before reaching retirement age people are busting their hump handling everything that life throws their way. Once people reach their late sixties, people are typically enjoying the fruits of their labor in retirement.
All this isn't to say that your life is going to suck from 23 until you get up in age. Maybe it will, maybe it won't. That's up to you. Either way, at least we can all look forward to the golden years.