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28 Mar 2011 | Daily Telegraph
Traditional wisdom states that our younger years are the best of
our lives, with the milestone of 40 meaning we are "over the hill"
and already on the wane.
But in fact satisfaction and optimism steadily increase after
middle age, easily eclipsing the earlier years and peaking as late
as the eighties, according to research.
An easing of the responsibilities of middle age combined with
maturity and the ability to focus on the things we enjoy combine to
make old age far more enjoyable than one might expect.
This is greatly increased by having good health, a stable income
and good relationships with family and friends, according to
Lewis Wolpert, emeritus professor of biology at University
College London, who explained the findings in a new book
called You're Looking Very Well, said most people were
"averagely happy" in their teens and twenties, declining until
early middle age as they try to support a family and a career.
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