Study: You’ve never been happier than you were at 23

By 07.24.13

According to a new study, you’ve never been happier than you were at age 23. And the only time you’ll ever be that happy again is when you turn 69. Alrighty.

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The expansive study polled over 23,000 people between the ages of 17 and 85 to get a read on when people are at the happiest points of their lives.

Conversely, people in their fifties and older than 75 are the unhappiest of all.

The study, conducted by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, also reveals that people in their early twenties often overestimate how disappointed with life they’ll be in the future.

Researchers concluded that decades of expectations falling by the wayside lead to the doldrums that hit people in their fifties.

However, at age 69, people often find contentment or a lack of regret about their lots in life.

That is, up until they face their mortality at age 75.

I’m a little perplexed by 23 being the happiest time in people’s lives, though. At 23, you’re just getting out of college and getting your soul crushed by a new job, going into the same office every day without any respite in the form of a Spring or Summer break on the horizon. Maybe 24 because you’re kind of settled in, still a little irresponsible, and not closer to 30 than you are to 20.

I could definitely see 69 being solid though. You’re hopefully retired, maybe even having some of that excessive sex in an old people home. Plus your balls are so low that you’ve basically got those therapeutic click clacks on you at all hours of the day. Makes sense to me.


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