They say that life begins at forty which I suppose makes me three-years-old. Not so, there is no getting away from the fact that I'm 43 and therefore, according to a survey carried out in Belgium, unhappy - let me explain .......
HAPPINESS FOLLOWS A U-SHAPED CURVE during a person's lifetime and middle-aged people are the unhappiest.
Satisfaction with life starts to drop as early as a person's late 20s and does not begin to recover until well past 50, says Bert van Landeghem, an economist at Maastricht University in Belgium.
While young adults are carefree and full of hope for the future and the over–50s have come to terms with the trials of life, the research indicates that those in the middle feel weighed down by the demands on them. - Stephen Adams, The Telegraph (18/04/2011)
Hmm, so I'm unhappy am I?
I don't think so. Of course, I have worries that I didn't have as a younger woman but then again in lots of ways I'm far more confident and secure in myself then I ever was.
No, I don't think I'm less happy than I was -------- more grumpy, yes but unhappy? No.
What about you, when were you most happiest? Are you less happy now?