Are you a happy person? If not, when were you last happy? Or are you looking forward to times of happiness? If you read many of our Letter To My Younger Self interviews, you’ll find lots of our interviewees look back at their teenage years with joy, and are in similarly good places right now – despite periods of stress or upheaval in the intermitting years.
Well, it seems there is some concrete evidence to this pattern, thanks to Resolution Foundation research.
People in the UK are happiest when they are 16 and 70, its report has revealed.
Findings were based on Office for National Statistics data collected between 2011 and 2018, an initiative started by David Cameron who said: “It’s time we admitted that there’s more to life than money and it’s time we focused not just on GDP but on GWB – general wellbeing.”
The Resolution Foundation research found a slight rise in happiness in people’s early 20s, but this is followed by an uptick in anxiety between the mid-20s and mid-50s.
The report also confirms that money can, in fact, buy happiness – sometimes. Higher employment rates and higher incomes tend to link with more positive wellbeing reports