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Does Happiness Come With Age?

Survey Says ... Yes! Life After 50 Is Looking Brighter

The New York Times reports that happiness may grow as we age, according to a recently-released Gallup poll. The survey, which was conducted over the phone, reached over 300,000 people between the ages of 18 and 85 to measure how satisfied people are with their lives. And the results were simply surprising.

Contrary to popular belief, it's not those supposedly carefree twentysomethings, or even the more stable thirtysomethings, who are having all the fun. "On the global measure, people start out at age 18 feeling pretty good about themselves, and then, apparently, life begins to throw curve balls. They feel worse and worse until they hit 50. At that point, there is a sharp reversal, and people keep getting happier as they age. By the time they are 85, they are even more satisfied with themselves than they were at 18," the Times reports.

We don't know about you, but we're pretty stoked about the poll's findings. While we're not looking forward to the physical effects of aging, these newfound emotional perks totally outweigh the fact that we may not be able to dance the night away in high heels our whole lives. When it comes down to it, we'd rather be shimmying on the inside well into our golden years instead.

What do you think: Does life get better with age?

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Does Happiness Come With Age?
Survey Says ... Yes! Life After 50 Is Looking Brighter
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