Studies Determined The Happiest Age Group — Have You Hit Your Peak Years Yet?

Paige Humphrey
3 min readAug 23, 2022
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

Happiness. It takes years to build and can be taken away in an instant. Chasing happiness is the only reason I get up in the morning. Maybe we can add love and personal responsibilities onto that list too.

If I had to answer the question of which age group is the happiest, I’d give a quick response of any time during the teenage years. Kids in this age group usually don’t have to worry about anything except getting their drivers license and what they’ll wear to the upcoming school dance.

The actual answer is a bit unexpected. I found a study by The Office for National Statistics in the UK, which looks at each age group and factored in the following four criteria, to determine the group with the highest level of “well-being”:

The 4 criteria that were studied during the trial were:

1. Yesterday’s level of happiness

2. Yesterday’s level of anxiety

3. General satisfaction in life

4. Feeling that your journey in life is worthwhile

The study was performed over 3 years and included data from over 300,000 participants. In the graph below you can see the responses of the participants split up by age group.

Source: Office for National Statistics

Level of happiness, satisfaction in life, and life being worthwhile all follow a similar U shaped curve. These levels peak in the early and later age groups. In general, people aged 45–54 score the worst in these categories. I guess that’s why they call it a mid life crisis!

Also looking at these 3 criteria, and following the U shaped curve, the people in their teens don’t score as high for their well-being again until they reach their 60s. What happens from age 20 to 60?? If you’re anywhere from age 20–60 right now, maybe it’s time to do some self reflection. If you’re feeling like you have low levels of satisfaction or happiness, it’s time to take action. Start hitting the…

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