Some remember his childhood as the happiest time: moments of play and infinite joy without adult worries or demands that life has been demanding from us over time. Others prefer to remember those years of adolescence in which a simple outing with your friends or the memory of a first love transport you to a world of nostalgia and emotions, while many think that the moment they began to have professional success or start a family, being more adults, took them to the cusp of the emotional satisfaction. It is very common to think that happiness is a state that is experienced mostly in the early stages of life and that decreases with the passage of time, but is this true? Do age and happiness have a clear connection?
- 1 The pursuit of happiness
- 2 What is the age of happiness?
- 3 How can we measure happiness?
The pursuit of happiness
The happiness It's the key. Everything remains in the background when we fail to experience that feeling of fullness, well-being and joy of living. Money, job success, social position, relationships ... everything loses relevance if it fails to approach this historically sought and persecuted state. The search for happiness has been the owner of multiple philosophical reflections, poems, songs and even scientific research. One of the factors on which researchers base many of their efforts is on the relationship between the chronological moment we are living and the feeling of happiness. Does the age we have and the happiness we feel have a determining relationship? Some studies suggest yes.
What is the age of happiness?
Although many studies have been carried out in this regard, the results are sometimes contradictory. Although happiness has always been associated with youth, it seems that this is not an inexorable condition.
According to the study carried out by the Center for Economic Performance published in Medical Daily, the feeling of happiness experienced throughout life follows a U-shaped curve which rises at its first highest peak at 23 years, it falls as we go into adulthood and returns to reach the second highest peak 46 years later ... at 69 years old.
This study was carried out through a survey of 23,000 people between 17 and 85 who explained when they felt mostly happy. It seems that feeling this happiness in youth is due to a overestimation of what the future holds for us, while the decline is due to frustration that generates this overestimation. During the fullness and maturity, we may have left behind unrealistic expectations about the future and worry more about live the moment, which perhaps, the demands of adulthood did not allow us to do.
Another study carried out by the University of Alberta and the University of Brandeis, was responsible for measuring different factors such as self esteem, employment or health to people for 25 years to assess their level of happiness during that time. The results showed how happiness increased in early adulthood, as people managed to leave the insecurities of youth behind and reach greater emotional maturity.
It is also interesting to highlight the survey of people over 40, carried out in 2012 by Friends Reunited, in which 70% of the participants indicated that they said they had not felt truly happy until they reached the 33 years. A moment in which they begin to feel greater emotional maturity.
How can we measure happiness?
Measuring happiness is complicated. Some do so by measuring the difference between reality and expectations or rather, the level of frustration generated by a reality that does not closely resemble specific expectations. Against less frustration we feel according to those expectations, greater well-being we feel.
The absence of happiness is usually related to multiple psychological disorders such as depression or anxiety and his ambition can lead us to carry out impulsive actions that bring us short-term well-being and big problems over time. Although age can be an important factor due to the moment of life in which we find ourselves and the greater emotional maturity, this is an experience that draws on different circumstances, so that each person can experience greater or lesser happiness at very different times of their lifes.
Satisfaction with our personal relationships, emotional and personal stability, good health, adequate self-esteem, economic tranquility or self-realization, there are many factors that influence and interrelate until the human being is able to experience that sensation so yearned for and differently described, which is happiness. What is certain is that no matter how much we convince ourselves that all past time was better, studies show on the contrary that happiness can come in old age, when sadness and frustration become partners we have managed to say goodbye on our paths.
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