We are never happier than at the ages of 23 and 69, new research has claimed.
A study by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics has revealed that the ages are the peak years for feeling content and satisfied.
The research found that those in their early twenties were hopeful about the future, before expectations and satisfaction dropped in the middle ages. Then, when people hit their late sixties, they found contentment once again as they began to experience 'less regret'.
Hannes Schwandt, 30, of Princeton University, carried out the research, which is due to be published this week, the Sunday Times reports. He studied happiness results for 23,161 individuals aged between 17 and 85.They revealed that satisfaction is highest at the ages of 23 and 69, dips during the mid-fifties and drops further still after 75.
He said: 'People in their fifties could learn a little from the elderly, who generally feel less regret. They should try not to be frustrated with their unmet expectations because they are probably not feeling much worse than their peers.'
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