If you are British and approaching or have hit 70 you are apparently at one of life’s peak moments of happiness on average.   Recent British research by the Resolution Foundation revealed that statistically Britons felt happiest at age 18 and 70.   The study analysed seven years of data collected by the Office of National Statistics.   This showed that people tended to feel happier and satisfied in their teens after which there was a downturn in wellbeing throughout the majority of their working lives, with some improvement at 20, and a low point in their 50’s.   From their 50’s to 70 the trend is ever upward, with a deterioration in happiness again in late years – though even then happiness levels were better than in their 50’s. The research is apparently replicated in other comparatively wealthy, anglophone countries.

There were many factors contributing to British people’s happiness –  the report states that, holding all else constant, well-being is positively correlated with being female, in a relationship and healthy.  Being retired was the best economic status for well-being.

The research is quite complicated but broadly speaking it is important in debunking any myths you might hear about ageing necessarily being a depressing and unhappy experience.   Happiness in later stages of life is affected by many factors, but it is definitely entirely possible for one’s later years to be positive and worthwhile.


Sources :

The Guardian 13th February 2019

Happy Now? Resolution Foundation Report


Debbie King

Between 2014 and 2016 I took time out to travel alone around Europe, blogging about my experiences, discoveries and personal development on journeywithmetoo.wordpress.com One of the many beautiful lessons I learned was the possibility of self-discovery and personal growth at any age. I am now passionate about achieving and encouraging successful ageing and making this a Silver Not Grey journey. I hope that Age With Me can inform, inspire, and accompany you on your silver journey. If you want to send me a comment you can do so privately or publicly. If publicly your email address need not be displayed. Please specify if you wish your comment to be private and seen only by me, thank you.

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