We’ve been conditioned to believe that our youth is the happiest time of our lives. But science is here to prove that theory wrong. According to a study from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, you’ll be most happy at ages 23 and 69. 23,000 adults between the ages of 17 to 85 were surveyed on their levels of happiness. Apparently, these were the two ages at which their happiness peaked.
The study was conducted over a significant period of time. Researchers asked the participants to predict how happy they’d feel in five years — and then they took the survey again five years later. It was reported that the average level of happiness among the participants took place on a U-curve, with ages 23 and 69 on either side.
If you think about what’s generally taking place in people’s lives at this time, it doesn’t sound that farfetched to think that they would be so happy. When you’re 23, you’re fresh out of college (and also fresh-faced), about to take off on what you’re hoping will be a promising career. It feels like you have all the opportunities at your feet. Even if it doesn’t work out that way, 23 is a pretty optimistic age.
On the other side, when you’re 69 you’re probably recently retired, enjoying a beer at 11 a.m., and doing whatever tf you want. Sounds like the dream, right?
Don’t take all this as gospel, though. You have control of your own happiness no matter what stage of life you’re currently in. And in case you need a little pick-me-up to remind you of the happiness in the world, here’s Pharrell’s “Happy” music video.