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Study: Young, Old Folks Are Happier Than Middle-Aged People

| by Michael Allen

According to a new study by Dr. Ioana Ramia, of the University of New South Wales, most people are happiest between the ages of 15-24 and when they are over 75.

Ramia made her findings public on Sept. 30 at the Australian Social Policy Conference, notes the university.

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The folks with the lowest satisfaction were middle-aged people, according to the study, which was based on data from the Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) national survey.

“Satisfaction over life decreases from the early 20s, plateaus for about 40 years and then increases from about 65 up,” Ramia told the conference.

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Ramia added that couples have the most happiness before having their first baby, then there is a dip that doesn't begin to recover until the child turns six years old (when kids start school), notes The Independent.

“It then stays still low, but increases slightly, and is the highest around the age of 80,” Ramia stated. “So that’s something to look forward to.”

Middle age unhappiness was mostly linked to stress from employment and finances.

Housing was not that important to young people, but did increase in importance among middle-aged and older people.

“At this time happiness is at its lowest and it only starts to increase when people start focusing on other things, like their free time,” Ramia stated.

Sources: University of New South Wales, The Independent / Photo Credit: Vrenibean/Wikimedia