Getting older makes us happier, apparently

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Getting older makes us happier, apparently
17th October 2014

Briton's reach their optimum happiness aged fifty-eight. 

No, really - contrary to the impending sense of doom most late-twenty somethings feel, new research commissioned by Samsung say fifty eight is when most Britons are at their happiest. The findings suggest this is the age we (finally!) get our work and social life properly in balance. Bad news, young people. 

If you're over 35, though, take heart. Our thirty fifth year is our most associated with stress because many struggle to cope with a young family and increased pressure at work. Screaming babies and horrible bosses do tend to do that to people. 

According the to survey, spending time with family is the most important thing to our happiness, followed by doing a job we love.  

Despite the survey's findings, there were enough happy young people to form a flash mob at Somerset House. They managed to avoid being forlorn just long enough to perform an acapella take on Pharrell's hit Happy, to open the Inside Out festival. 

Our Not The One Panel discuss happiness below. Tonight's panel were comedian Yianni, digital director of the National Theatre David Sabill and digital features editor for the Evening Standard, Amira Hashish.  


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