People Are Happiest Once They Reach The Age Of 44, New Research Has Found

Life becomes much more enjoyable after the age of 44, a new study has revealed.

After struggling to get on the property ladder and establish our careers in our 20s and 30s, research has revealed we start to relax and enjoy the finer things in life from our mid-40s onwards.

Dubbed the “window of contentment” – this continues all the way through our 50s and beyond.

In fact, research highlighted the age of 31 was statistically the most expensive year to live.

The turning point in our lives was identified following a detailed study carried out by Viking Cruises which pinpointed the reasons why we begin to enjoy life even more at this stage.

What makes people happy?
Catalysts include being financially secure, being fit and healthy and being safe in the knowledge the children are doing well in their chosen careers.

Other key elements include having a settled home life, being in stable, happy relationships and being ‘comfortable in their own skin’.

A spokesperson for Viking Cruises, which commissioned the research of 2,000 adults aged 55 plus, said: “This generation of 40, 50 and 60 plus year olds are different to those from previous generations.

“They are essentially a younger, more curious, active version of the previous incarnation.

What counts as struggle?
The study also identified typical challenges faced during our 20s – including finding work, saving money, dating and dealing with breakups.

And it didn’t get any easier once we turned 30 with work stress caused by our attempts to get a foothold in a career, and the financial and emotional pressure that comes with starting a family.

According to the research, trying to find work, life balance, ageing relatives and having to start planning for the future plagued our early 40s.

But from then on in things start to settle down as we climb the corporate ladder, our salaries rise and we possibly move to a second, or even third, larger property.

Could be happier?
In February this year, it was argued that all Britons under the age of 55 should be given two payments of £5,000 to spend as they wish, it has been argued.

The Basic Opportunity Fund could be taken up across any two years within a decade, according to proposals by The Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). The RSA said millions of people circle in and out of poverty, are exposed to insecure forms of work, and that the current welfare state is not suitable in its current form.


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