33 Is The Happiest Year of Our Lives
(OOC via Time)
A British study found 70% of respondents over the age of 40 saying they weren't "truly happy" until they got to the magical double 3s.
“The age of 33 is enough time to have shaken off childhood naiveté and the wild scheming of teenaged years without losing the energy and enthusiasm of youth,” psychologist Donna Dawson said in the survey’s findings. “By this age innocence has been lost, but our sense of reality is mixed with a strong sense of hope, a ‘can do’ spirit, and a healthy belief in our own talents and abilities.”
Interestingly, just 16% of the respondents pined for their grade school years, and only 6% said they were happiest when in college.
Digging a little deeper, happiness at 33 was a result of a nice mixture of doing well professionally and having a support system made up of family and friends. "Not surprisingly, 36% said they were happiest when they had children" which suggests to us that 64% didn't say that (we're good at math).
Regardless of whihch side of 33 you find yourself on, looking back, what were the happiest years of your life? What was going on and why were they so good? Speaking for us, we peaked at about 14.
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