The Unexpected Age When People Say They Are Their Happiest

10/17/2014 01:30 pm ET | Updated Oct 17, 2014
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Worried your glory days are behind you? Think again. A new survey shows that your golden years really are your happiest.

A survey of 2,000 Britons was commissioned by tech giant Samsung to find out which age people are most content with their lives, according to reports by The Daily Mail and other media outlets. You might think of young people as being healthy, carefree and optimistic, and older folks as being similar to the stereotypes of grumpy old men, but the responses revealed otherwise.

Age 35 was when people were found to be least happy, with stress from balancing family life, parenting and increasing responsibilities in the work place with career advancement. Surprisingly, it wasn't any time in your 20s, 30s of even 40s when people were happiest. The survey found that 58 is the age when people are most content with their lives. Respondents said that at this age, they were better at managing work-life balance, making sure to take their lunch breaks and careful not to work overtime. It could also have something to do with being past the major hurdles of raising young children and worries about making it in their line of work.

'It’s little wonder that our 30s are so stressful as we try -- sometimes desperately -- to juggle high-pressure jobs and family demands whilst maintaining happy relationships," Cary Cooper, a professor of organizational psychology and health at the University of Lancaster commented, according to The Daily Mail. "And then by the time we reach our 50s, we feel much more confident -- allowing us to set the agenda when it comes to working hours and family life."

Unsurprisingly, money was the biggest stressor among those surveyed while nearly two-thirds of respondents said quality family time was what brought them the most contentment. Being happy with their line of work was the second most important factor in overall happiness.

Various studies have also tried to pinpoint the exact age where we can expect to be happiest. One study said that life peaks at age 23 and then again at 69. Another found that 33 was the magic number.

We have to admit we're biased, but we believe that life only gets sweeter with the passing years.

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