People in their 70’s are the happiestMarch 28th, 2011 - 6:57 pm ICT by ANI
London, March 28 (ANI): Wondering whether your work and family will steadily erode your youthful sense of well-being as you reach middle age? Cheer up, as the happiest time of your life is probably yet to come.
A research has suggested that it is in fact after 70 that you are likely to be at your happiest - as long as you enjoy good health, have sufficient income and are not lonely.
Lewis Wolpert, the 81-year-old emeritus professor of biology at University College London, highlights the conclusions in a new book entitled ‘You’re Looking Very Well’.
“What emerges is that people in their teens and twenties tend to be averagely happy but this declines steadily until early middle age,” the Daily Mail quoted him, as saying.
“But from the mid-forties, people tend to become ever more cheerful, perhaps reaching a maximum in their late seventies or eighties,” added Wolpert.
A study of 341,000 people by the National Academy of Sciences in America showed that overall enjoyment of life tended to decline slowly throughout early adulthood, rising again from around the late forties or early fifties to reach a maximum around the age of 85.
But the study stressed that there were big differences between men and women and between rich and poor.
“More affluent individuals have fewer depressive symptoms, greater life satisfaction, better quality of life and lower levels of loneliness,” added the study. (ANI)
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