Happiness Levels Continue to Increase Later in Life

Happiness levels in people tend to fluctuate over the years, according to a new study. People in their forties become less happy, but their happiness levels recover in their fifties and beyond.

Life insurance company Aviva found that people’s general happiness levels dip a bit when they are in their forties, but happiness levels begin to climb up by the age of 50 and into retirement.

Between the ages of 40 and 49, fewer than 40% of people described their lives as being “extremely happy” or “quite happy.” Between the ages of 30 and 39, the happiness levels are much higher.

People who are struggling with their happiness levels in their forties are usually dealing with the difficult struggles of having children who rely on them, as well as having aging parents to take care of.

According to an article by BT, Aviva’s research found that when people age past their forties and are approaching retirement, their happiness levels would gradually increase.

Aviva’s findings suggests that retirement itself plays a large roll in happiness. Retired people were twice as likely to be “extremely happy” than those who were still working. In a survey by MONEY, 48% of retirees reported being happier in retirement than they originally expected.

Connie Sawyer is well past the low happiness level in her forties, as she approaches her 104th birthday, but she still remains positive and very happy.

Sawyer, a show business legend, has lived in an assisted living facility in Los Angeles since 2004 (when she was a young 92) and is still in good spirits.

In an interview with NPR, Sawyer revealed the secret to her longevity: “Move.” Sawyer added, “Don’t sit on the couch. All my life, I played golf, I swam. And even here, I go to the exercise class.”

Aviva posted a few percentages of happiness regarding age, with forties coming in as the lowest (33%), 65 to 74 is the second highest (47%), and over 75 is the highest (49%). Connie Sawyer might have found even higher happiness levels than that at the age of 103.

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