Study Finds That Happiness Starts At Age 34

| by Sean Kelly

A new study, conducted by U.K. home security company Yale, revealed that the happiest year of a person's life is 34. 

Two thousand people over the age of 40 were asked to reflect on how happy they were during various years of their life as part of research for the study, and 34 was shown to be the happiest year on average. The study showed that by 34, most people had gotten married, made strides in their career, and had children. The results found that most people who chose 34 as their happiest year said they were the most comfortable with themselves at this age, were beginning to feel more secure financially, and were beginning to "enjoy the finer things in life," according to the Daily Mail.

Those who said that their 20s were the happiest years of their life cited career progression and freedom as the reasons behind their happiness. People who chose their 40s as their happiest years said that watching their children grow up and getting bigger homes were reasons for their pick, and those who chose an age in their 50s cited children leaving home, paying off mortgage,s and work winding down as factors. 

"The results show the range of the many happy times experienced by people throughout the different stages of life," Yale spokesman Nigel Fisher said, according to Express. "With the average age we’re most happiest coming out in the mid-thirties, it suggests that the feeling of being settled in your work and personal life while still looking to the future is important. The study reminds us of the many treasured memories and experiences to be had at every stage of life and the foundation of many of those is a happy and secure home life.

"The same can be said for the memories and associations a family home holds, whether it’s family dinners every Sunday, building a den in the living room with the kids, or BBQs with friends in the garden," Fisher added. "If a home is ever broken into, these memories are compromised, and Yale wants to avoid this at all cost."

Interestingly enough, 47 percent of people surveyed for the study said that most of their life had been happy, while 43 percent said there was a fairly equal balance between happy times and rough times. 

"Getting on the property ladder was a recurring theme throughout the study and the age a person gets their first home often correlated with the happiest year they chose," Fisher said. "That sense of a permanent home and place to create new and happy memories is a big part of the study and shows the importance of a secure home environment in making us content with life. Making sure that home is secure and doing everything to ensure our treasured possessions and memories are as protected as they can be should always be a priority.”

Sources: Daily Mail, Express

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