Retirement Life

How to lead a truly happy life

How to lead a truly happy life

Survey says that having a family and watching them grow leads to a truly happy life

As we age, we reminisce on our lives, looking back at what truly made us happy, and what, if anything, would we change. Country Cousins, leading providers of live-in care to those living with Dementia, wanted to know more about what makes people happy, what they credit to an enriched life and what age was their favourite. So, they asked 1,000 UK adults aged between 50-75, and the results are not what we expected.

Men prefer their twenties, yet women preferred their thirties

The survey found that 27% of men preferred their twenties and only 22% of men favoured their thirties.

On the other hand, women seemed to much prefer their thirties as 25% said they were the best years of their life, typically a time when they’re settled and have a young family, and only 21% of women favoured their twenties.

Are the teenage years really the worst in our lives?

92% of respondents say being a teenager, a time when you’re carefree and have no major obligations, were some of the least enjoyable years of their lives?

Perhaps it’s because 2% of people of the 1,000 respondents said watching their family grow around them helped them to live an enriched life, and 17% said having a family leads to a truly happy life.

Along with that, 36% of those over the age of 60 credit watching their family grow and mature around them to be the most rewarding thing about getting older.

What can we take from this?

So, it seems that to live a truly happy, enriched life, we should aspire to have a family and enjoy watching them grow, learn, and maybe one day have a family of their own.