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At what age are people happiest? 23 and 69

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People experience happiness in a U-shape throughout their lives, peaking at 23 and 69, according to a new study from the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance.

The study looked at more than 23,000 people between 17 and 85 years old. 

Source: London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance.

The researcher found that "current life satisfaction is U-shaped between ages 20 and 70."

This U-shaped happiness:

    • Occurs between 20-70 years of age.
    • Peaks around 23 and 69 years of age.
    • Hits a bottom around the mid-50s.
    • Declines after 75 years of age.

Hannes Schwandt found people do not tend to anticipate this U-shaped happiness throughout their lives. 

Instead, generally people expect young adulthood to be the happiest time of their lives and for that happiness to slowly decrease with age. After the late 50s, people have stable life expectations, which is contrary to how life satisfaction actually increases for the most part.

Let us know what you think of the study's findings. Were you or do you expect to be happiest at 23 and 69? What age was the happiest time of your life?

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