The Happiest Age

Daria Lubimskaya

People feel most happy between the ages of 15 and 22. This was shown by a survey recently conducted by researchers from the University of New South Wales (Australia). Strangely enough, the period from 22 to 40 years does not bring us much happiness. But after 40 years, the level of happiness begins to grow again. What is the reason?
According to sociologists, our sense of happiness fluctuates throughout life, like a pendulum. In early childhood, we do not realise at all whether we are happy or not. And only in 15 years the picture finally changes for the better. We are still young enough not to have any health problems and enjoy our attractiveness and physical form, we feel free and in many ways independent ... This is the time of first love and first sexual contacts, which is usually also associated with positive.
Boys and girls finish school, many of them continue their studies. They make new friends, find new entertainments for themselves. This is quite a carefree time, when you don’t have to think about many things.
After 22, we are often overwhelmed by the stresses associated with the need to build a family and a career. All this requires a lot of emotional and financial costs. Thus, the survey showed that for couples the happiest time is the period shortly before the birth of the first child, and the least happy - the first seven years of the child’s life, before he goes to primary school. It is for this period according to statistics accounts for the most divorces.
In the most active age from 22 to 40 years, people acquire property. They often take loans, go into debt to buy a house, apartment, furniture, car, household appliances, make repairs. In addition, they have minor children who have to be fully secured. You have to spin like a squirrel in a wheel.
It is not surprising that by the age of 40, the level of happiness falls to its lowest point and a so-called “midlife crisis” sets in.
But then there is literally a miracle. Every year people begin to feel more and more happy. This is explained by the fact that the well-being is already acquired, the career has been made, the family has been built, and the children have grown enough to become more or less independent.
Pretty high rates of happiness were recorded in people over 80 years old. This is explained by the fact that at this age we have nothing to be particularly afraid of: children have long been adults, the professional path has been completed, the old people, as a rule, have no debts and credits. Of course, health problems worry, but on the other hand, most elderly people understand that for old age the disease is more the norm than the exception.
Of course, this is only the overwhelming majority. For some people, the course of events may be individual. So, there are people who receive late education, there are those who start a family at 20, and there are those who do it at the age of 30-40. Some retire in 55-60, others - in 75-80. Then the “framework of happiness” can shift. Teenagers can also feel unhappy as a result of some complexes, negative relationships with peers, and so on.

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