Now there’s scientific proof to underscore what most of us already know to be true – we’re at our happiest in our 50s.
Officially – according to a new study out of the UK at least – the magic number is actually 53.
Researchers found 72 per cent of Brits, aged 50-70, are happier with their lives now – with 53 emerging as the average age when they achieve ‘true happiness’.
An impressive 58 per cent said they are having more fun now than they did when they were in their 20s and 30s.
Other factors included being able to embrace imperfections, having the confidence to decline unwanted social engagements and not taking life too seriously.
Being able to have more holidays also made the list – with the average over-50s Brit having two major holidays every year.
More positives included of being longer in the tooth were embracing comfortable shoes and not having to hold in your stomach in when you enter a restaurant.
The survey shows that over-50s have a positive outlook to live life to the full, says a spokesperson for Crystal Ski holidays, who commissioned the study.
“The fact that 72 per cent of Brits aged between 50 and 70 say they are happier than they have ever been is testament to this,” he says.
Unsurprisingly, friendships become more selective as the years pass with the average 50-something having six close friends compared to nine when younger.
The survey of 2000 adults found 57 per cent of the older generation feel better off now than they did when they were younger.
They enjoy three nights out a month and a further 54 per cent said they get to spend more quality time with their partner, compared to when they were young.
And according to the research, 44 per cent say they now realise what is most important to them and 40 per cent say they are happy with themselves,
A further 34 per cent say they now have time for holidays and activities and 33 per cent say they are more comfortable financially.
9 other reasons to smile, says study
1. You can be outspoken
2. You can be as spontaneous as you want
3. You don’t worry about the small stuff
4. You stop caring what others think
5. It’s easier to laugh at yourself
6. You don’t take life too seriously
7. You are more confident in your views and opinions
8. You know yourself better
9. You have a greater appreciation of life