At the age of 23, life satisfaction reaches a new high. According to a poll of 23,000 people in Germany, 23-year-olds are particularly content with their life "all things considered." The study also found that men at this stage of their lives feel most satisfied with their job, while women are more likely to be content with their relationship.
However, life satisfaction starts to decline after this point. By the age of 33, it has dropped to its lowest level ever recorded. Thereafter, it gradually increases until the age of 73 when it falls back down again.
This is the first time we have seen two consecutive peaks in the amount of contentment among Germans aged 23. The research was conducted by Tim Kälin and his team from the University of Zurich. They asked thousands of people about how they were feeling at the start of each month for three years. The results were published in the journal Social Psychology Quarterly in 2015.
They found that feelings of life satisfaction rise and fall over time but tend to increase towards the end of life. The researchers said that these results could not be explained by changes in income or health so must be due to something else. They suggested that the pattern may be related to the fact that young people are less likely than older people to think about death and therefore aren't as affected by it.
At 69, life satisfaction reaches a new high. Remember that German research that revealed 23-year-olds to be exceptionally content with their lives? After a fall in middle age, life satisfaction rose again at the age of 69. That's when you should start thinking about retirement!
The second half of your life is when life satisfaction peaks. This is what the research shows, and it makes sense: as you get older, you need more from life in terms of enjoyment and fulfillment. You want more good times with friends and family, and you want to continue learning and growing even after you've reached retirement age.
But this doesn't mean that middle age is when life gets most difficult. In fact, life satisfaction falls between 69 and 78. Why? Because as you get older, you lose some people close to you, such as friends or family members. This leaves room for sadness, which lowers life satisfaction.
There are two ways to look at this data. One way is to say that life becomes more satisfying as you get older. The other way is to say that life at its best is in your 20s, then it starts getting better again in your 30s and 40s, and then it drops in your 50s and 60s.
In conclusion, life satisfaction peaks in middle age.
Academics have found increasing evidence that happiness through adulthood is U-shaped: life satisfaction falls in our 20s and 30s, then hits a trough in our late 40s before increasing until our 80s. Forget the saying that life begins at 40-it's 50 we should be looking toward. A life well lived is not defined by how long you live but by what you do with your life while you're alive.
So, if you could go back in time and know what year it was, what would you do differently? Perhaps travel more or get married sooner? Although you can never go back in time, knowing what you know now, would you change anything about your life?
If you were to look back on your life today, what would you say about it? Are you happy with it? If so, great! If not, why not? Think about everything you've ever wanted to do but didn't have time for. Have any of these ideas helped you figure out what might make your life feel better?
As you look forward into the future, what are your hopes and dreams? Have you ever thought about how you want to be remembered? Has anyone told you that you need to let go of things from your past that no longer serve you?
Our lives begin and end with our birth and death, respectively.
According to a new poll, at the age of 33, we are in the finest year of our life. One-third of those polled found satisfaction in having children, whereas just one-fifth found contentment in their employment... The survey also revealed that people feel best at home; half of those interviewed said they enjoy their lives most when they are with family and friends.
In fact, research shows that people's lives reach their lowest point between the ages of 33 and 42. This is because at this time many people are leaving or losing their jobs, getting divorced, or experiencing other negative events in their lives.
However, there is some good news: polls show that people's lives tend to improve as they get older. By the time people reach 52, almost everyone agrees they have had a happy life.
So, if you're reading this at the age of 33, thank your stars you still have time left to change things for the better. You have already survived half of your life - why not start today by putting yourself first?
Of course, it's normal to want to know what will happen after you die, but statistics show that most people who believe in heaven or hell find this out soon after they pass away.
Almost all religions have some kind of afterlife waiting for us after we die.