Happiness peaks in old age

If you’ve got a birthday coming up and feel less than thrilled with the prospect of being another year older, cheer up! New research indicates the best is yet to come. A survey of 341,000 people by the American National Academy of Sciences, found enjoyment of life reduced throughout early adulthood but began increasing in the late forties, and continued to increase until reaching a peak at 85. Satisfaction and optimism steadily increase after middle age, helped along if you have good health, a stable income and good relationships with family and friends.

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