33 Is The Happiest Year of Our Lives

6 comments | April 3rd, 2012

(OOC via Time)

New research finds that the happiest year of our lives is 33.  How's that for specificity?

A British study found 70% of respondents over the age of 40 saying they weren't "truly happy" until they got to the magical double 3s.

“The age of 33 is enough time to have shaken off childhood naiveté and the wild scheming of teenaged years without losing the energy and enthusiasm of youth,” psychologist Donna Dawson said in the survey’s findings. “By this age innocence has been lost, but our sense of reality is mixed with a strong sense of hope, a ‘can do’ spirit, and a healthy belief in our own talents and abilities.”

Interestingly, just 16% of the respondents pined for their grade school years, and only 6% said they were happiest when in college. 

Digging a little deeper, happiness at 33 was a result of a nice mixture of doing well professionally and  having a support system made up of family and friends. "Not surprisingly, 36% said they were happiest when they had children" which suggests to us that 64% didn't say that (we're good at math).

Regardless of whihch side of 33 you find yourself on, looking back, what were the happiest years of your life?  What was going on and why were they so good?  Speaking for us, we peaked at about 14.

You can read the whole story here.


  • Anonymous

    Posted on April 3, 2012

    My 20s haven’t been so good. Looking forward to my 30s.

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  • Maura H

    Posted on April 3, 2012

    I loved 13. Strange, I know. I had switched schools, found new friends, had my first BF, first kiss, made the volleyball team, got good grades. It hasn’t all been downhill since then, I just remember it as the first year I felt really happy with who I was and where I was.

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  • L

    Posted on April 3, 2012

    Still waiting

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  • Seattle Sima

    Posted on April 3, 2012

    I’m 31, unmarried, in a career I love but a job I hate, my BFF just moved to Boston, and my roof has a leak. I can NOT WAIT to be 33.

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  • 12V

    Posted on April 3, 2012

    Now a junior in college, I miss H.S. Those years seemed so carefree relatively. No worries about jobs or the M-R-S degree or anything. Even though I’m only 20 it just feels like everything’s getting serious so quickly. I don’t know if I;m ready to grow up.

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  • Sarah

    Posted on April 3, 2012

    I was a big fan of my 20s. Off on my own, not taking anything too seriously yet, living in a cool place with a bunch of friends, very little $$$, but no one had any. It was a good time.

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