According to new research from Dr. Ioana Ramia of the University of New South Wales in Australia, if you are between the ages of 30 and 65, you are absolutely not living your best life. This info is based on surveys from the office of Household, Income and Labor Dynamics. Even though we have always guessed this to be true, actually having it confirmed is kind of a bummer. What about all that stuff about women hitting their sexual peak at 40? Was that just a carrot to keep us going through our twenties?
"Satisfaction over life decreases from the early 20s, plateaus for about 40 years and then increases from about 65 up," Dr Ramia told the Australian Social Policy Conference, hosted by UNSW's Social Policy Research Centre.
Happiness followed a predictable trajectory, she said, with couples reporting greatest satisfaction just before having their first child and a dip from their first year of life through to about age 6, when the child started school.
"It then stays still low, but increases slightly, and is the highest around the age of 80," she said. "So that's something to look forward to."
Hurray! We'll be happy when we're 80. Meanwhile, just grit your teeth and hang in there for almost 4 decades of being bummed out.