I like to think of myself as happy. Satisfied with my life.
Oh sure, when my youngest had a tantrum because I didn’t do her hair quite like Elsa’s this morning I felt like things were rapidly headed downhill. But they vastly improved when my six-year old challenged me to a ‘kissing fight’ before I dropped him off at school.
With three kids, a busy job and a hectic life, I would say I am satisfied. Happy. Things are good. Aren’t they?
So I was surprised to read that, in fact, if researchers are correct, I am kinda in the middle of a slow and steady decline in my life satisfaction.
In fact if researchers are correct, a life like mine with young kids and being aged in between your 30’s and your 50’s is pretty shit.
A study out today has pinpointed the happiest age of all, and here’s a hint – it isn’t when you have young kids.
In narrowing down the age you will be the happiest they examined different life periods. They found our happiness is on the up just after we move out of home, just after we get married and when we are pregnant.
As soon as we pop out our babies though – according to this study - life starts to plunge, and plunge and plunge up until the kids hit the age of six.
(That’s when they start school right? Interesting coincidence.)