DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPIER? THEN WORRY LESS, CREATE MORE TIME FOR ACTIVITIES& THINK LESS ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT YOU
Almost two thirds of older people claim they are ‘happier than they have ever been’, a new poll suggests.
Some 63 per cent of people over the age of 70 feel more content than at any other point in their lives.
And half claim they are in the prime of their life, according to the new data from the Royal Voluntary Service.
Worrying less and having more time for personal activities were some of the things highlighted as a benefit of growing older.
While no longer caring what people think was also mentioned by the 1,500 British adults questioned by the charity.
The survey also quizzed older people about the key to keeping happy in older age.
Mental exercises, regular physical exercise and seeing friends and family were some of the top tips cited by those questioned.
David McCullough, chief executive of the charity, said: ‘It’s heartening to find out so many people say life gets better as you age.
Those flourishing in older age are the ones keeping active and engaged and continuing to enjoy their hobbies.
‘Older people can teach us a lot – not just about how to age well but also by passing on their skills.’
This comes after University of California, San Diego, research in August found that mental health constantly improves over a lifetime.
In fact, the scientists said the 20s and 30s are actually the most stressful decades of someone’s life.
Study author Professor Jeste previously said: ‘This “fountain of youth” period is associated with far worse levels of psychological well-being than any other period of adulthood.’
While a study conducted by Crystal Ski Holidays in October found the peak age of happiness is 53.
Over-50s insisted that being able to throw a party without the neighbours complaining and eating dinner at 4pm were just some of the greatest things about getting older.
SO Younger peeps have a lot to learn from the older folks to be happy..