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Do You Think There's an Ideal Age For Happiness?

Do You Think There's an Ideal Age For Happiness?

I found the results of this study dubious, and then I read that Clairol Perfect 10 sponsored the research, asking 4,000 women between ages 25 and 65 at what age they were happiest.

The answer? 28, before visible aging occurs (wrinkles, gray hair — you know, the things Clairol has products for) and when sex is supposed to be best. (Wait, I thought sex was best for women in their 30s and 40s?) In addition to being happiest with their looks in their late 20s, the women surveyed said their careers and relationships were best in the 28 to 30 range.

A spokesperson for Clairol Perfect 10 said, "A little time put aside in hectic schedules for self-pampering and the odd beauty product can help keep you feeling young and looking your best." Riiiight.

What do you think — is there an ideal age for happiness?

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Jesi_Oh Jesi_Oh 8 years
I know this is silly but when I was very young I decided the 'most awesomest age ever' was going to be 32. I'm 24 now and can't deny that I'm looking forward to seeing what happens that year! Seriously though I agree with other posters that happiness is a decision and a lot of women really do seem to be happier as they age. My grandmother only really came into her own in her late 60's and her life just got more and more fulfiling from then on
Elizabeth1981 Elizabeth1981 8 years
I agree with Christne. I'm 28 right now, and am getting married in October... trying for our first child after the wedding too. This time of life is just exciting, because there is a lot going on. These things happen for a lot of women during their late 20's-early 30's. We get married, move in with partners, talk about having or adopting babies, buy homes, get promotions or open businesses, etc. It's generally a good time personally and professionally.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
i know what TLSgirl means about limbo. i'm 24 and have felt that way since i graduated college 2 years ago. right now, i am single, hate my job, broke half the time, etc. there are so many happy people around me and it makes me wonder why i'm not happier and when are things going to start falling into place for me. i don't think there is a specific age for happiness, but i do think the older i get the more sense my life will make and the happiness will come eventually!
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
I just took a weekend class on happiness, and according to research findings, happiness is 50% genetic (our set point), 10% circumstance (which would include factors such as age, job, etc), and 40% intention (or the choices we make). I think the older and more self aware I become, the happier I become.
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
I read somewhere that happiness is a U curve. When you're a child, you're in the beginning of the U, and your level of happiness is highest. Then happiness starts to decrease, and hits the low point around 40 (middle life crisis?). And then it's starts to rise again, and life keeps getting better... This is pretty contradictory, and honestly I believe more in this study than that sponsored by Clairol. It just fits perfectly in their marketing agenda, how convenient! But studies aside, I believe, like Christine, that happiness depends more on the person's attitude towards life than what good things their life has. Therefore, there is no age to be happy, it's all up to the individual...
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Well, I'm an exception to this study. I'm way beyond 28 years old, and I'm very content with my life. Incidentally, appearance-wise, I never looked better. Like Le romantique, my life keeps getting better. I believe this trend will continue, and the best is yet to come. Am I optimistic about my life (and about aging, in general)? You bet. Seriously, the results of this study took me by surprise, as I do not identify.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I think people are happiest when they make the decision to be happy. You can stop sweating the small stuff, stop nagging your partner, stop nagging yourself and feel a whole world of difference. What makes life good varies. So, obviously there will be people who think their 30s are the best, because they had nothing to show for being in their 20's...but, now they do. People are going to be happy when they have more of what they want, and have a better outlook on life. Plain and simple. So, yeah. Anyway, I am 22, perfectly happy and I have a feeling that it will keep getting better, but for different reasons. I don't assume I am half-happy now, and at 28, I am going to be ecstatic. Nor do I think I will be unhappy when I get older. ...and as for the age of 28, it's sort of odd how it's around the time people get married and have kids. Obviously the majority is going to be on a high, and look back on those days with fondness.
cordata cordata 8 years
i call b.s.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm going to be 28 in a month and a half, so I guess we'll see, but I think I'd trade a few visible wrinkles for my crazy school debt and the feeling of perpetually being in limbo (geography, job, etc.)
Phil Phil 8 years
So, a company that sells skin cream determined through a study their company funded that the ideal age of happiness is the age at which visible signs of aging, particularly wrinkles, begin to make their appearances? The point at which a person is happiest in life has less to do with how attractive a person perceives themselves to be and more to do with at what point the most significant positive milestones occur, I would imagine. Weddings, births, professional achievements, cultural milestones, any events that may catalyze periods of strong contentment, they don't occur at or around the 28th year in a person's life when a person supposedly starts to look older. Happiness is subjective, and for a skincare company to claim that it has somehow figured out how to measure it is like Thomas Cole's painter claiming to have actually painted the "ambient air." Clairol's claim is manipulative and vain.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
No way! My BF's mom is in her 60s and told me she has never been happier and, unlike other women, doesn't want to be young again (you know how women in their 40s think they're 20 and then get upset when they remember they're in their 40s...) I'm only 21, and I find each year to be better than the last, so we'll see...
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