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The late thirties are the new twenties for men

Peter Harris|

Are your university days really the best years of your life? Or how about into your twenties when you’re inventing your adult self but are still largely unburdened by the responsibilities of family and mortgage? Nope. At least not for men. A new survey says that men are at their happiest when they reach the age of 37.

“It would be logical to think that men would be happier when they are younger, when they are fitter and healthier,” Phillip Hodson, fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy told the UK’s Dailymail. But apparently 37 is that magic age where have developed your self-confidence and climbed a few ranks up the career ladder, but aren’t yet old enough to be prone to aging-related pains or illness – or be faced with a mid-life crisis.

I guess this means that men reach their peak of happiness at 37. The implication seems to be that it’s all downhill from there. Well, I can tell you that I have passed that magic age and am still fortunately living the happiest period of my life. The reasons why actually align with the other findings from the UK survey.

At 37, many men have also started their families. (My son was born last year.) The survey of 1,000 men says that the top three happiest moments in a man’s life include becoming a father and getting married. Men are romantic too – almost half said that they would rather spend time with their partner than with their friends.

(I part company with the survey results when it comes to the third happiest moment for men. Apparently it’s seeing their favourite team win the championship, which seems to rank as a bigger milestone for most than even buying a house or graduating university.)

Everyday things that men say make them happy:

      1. A favourite lunch (29%)
      2. Splurging on DVDs, clothes and gadgets (28%)
      3. Hanging out with friends (27%)
      4. An innocent flirt (26%)
      5. A good cup of coffee or tea (22%)
      6. Surprise dinner from their partner (20%)
      7. Actually having time to read the news (11%)
      8. Beating their record score on a computer game/app (8%)
      9. Receiving a text message (5%)
    10. Catching up with friends on social media (3%)

Anyway, life begins at 37, says the UK Daily Mail. Establishing your career path and starting your own family make the teenage angst and the struggles of your twenties all worthwhile.

Now all you need is $75,000 a year in salary. That’s the sum that an earlier study came up with as the true cost of happiness.


- Peter Harris

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