Happiness is the one thing we all search for in life but what if we told you there was an exact age that you’re most likely to achieve it? New research has found that despite us all feeling joyous at different stages of our lives, there is one particular time where we reach peak happiness.
Hotel chain Jury Inn, conducted a study where they questioned 2,000 Brits of all ages and found that those aged 68 seemed to be the happiest and most content in life. This age group scored an impressive 9.5 out of 10 which was four points above the average happiness rating across all ages.
So, what exactly makes people so happy when they reach their late 60s? Well for starters, the official retirement age in the UK is 65, meaning most people have left employment and are reaping the benefits of their pensions.
As reported by Woman&Home, the research also highlighted that over half of those aged over 60 feel good about their lives because they no longer feel the need to impress. While 47 per cent revealed that they now have more time on their hands to do the things they want to do in life – be it travelling or spending more time with family. Though the survey also revealed that the average Brit needs two holidays and 10 weekends to achieve real happiness, so travel is definitely a big factor.
‘Happiness is the cornerstone of what we do at Jurys Inn so it’s really interesting to learn that our 68-year-old guests are the cheeriest,’ said Jason Carruthers, Managing Director of Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland. ‘It’s also no surprise to us that multiple short breaks a year are key happiness drivers. We see and hear of the benefits first-hand when our guests check out after a relaxing or action-packed weekend in one of our 36 city centre hotels.’