London: People in Britain are at their happiest and content with life at the age of 38, a new survey has suggested.
The new poll conducted on 2,000 British adults, aged 18 and above, also revealed that Britons better about themselves in their thirties than when younger, suggesting that it’s “not just wisdom that comes with age”.
Twenty somethings were also more likely to care more about money than their health, and to look enviously at their friends’ lifestyles. They even spent more time fretting about getting old.
“In a time when the anti-ageing industry reigns supreme, it is refreshing to see evidence that maturity, far from being a negative state, is rather the key to true contentment and inner wellbeing,” the Telegraph quoted Georgia James, Editor of The Huffington Post as saying.
“Career, friends and relationships all play a huge part in contributing to our overall wellbeing, so in many ways it’s no surprise to see that it’s only once we begin to find resolution in these areas of life that we can really start to make the most of living.”
According to the survey, happiness reached its peak at 48 “reinforcing a belief that age and experience provide a wealth of benefits”.
Those who were married told the new study that they felt happiest at 42, but single people said “true contentment” came at just 27.
Similarly, couples enjoyed social situations the most at 38 while those who never married felt most confident at 27.
Women were most at ease with their bodies at 31, a year later than men, but older respondents felt that sexual confidence did not peak until they turned 35.
Overall, those questioned felt that they achieved a good balance between work and family life at 34 although again older respondents said they made the most of life at 41.