According to a new survey done by Harris Interactive, the ideal age is fifty.
“Lots of people don’t have grandchildren by fifty so you’re not necessarily tied down babysitting,” psychologist Barbara Becker Holstein told The TODAY Show. ”Of course, given how slowly young people mature now, you may still be dealing with someone in their twenties who loves living at home.”
I would like to add that some people in their twenties live at home for reasons other than their maturity levels.
The results varied by geographical location, ranging in answers from forty-seven to fifty-three, and politics also played a part. The more conservative a person was, the more their perfect age went up. The more liberal people were, the more they correspondingly chose younger ages.
This past summer, the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics reported twenty-three and sixty-four are the best ages. They concluded that happiness levels decline after the early twenties, pick up again in the mid-fifties, and fall again after seventy-five.
Celebrities who are or will be fifty this year include actress Vanessa Williams, designer Marc Jacobs, actor John Stamos, and “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow. Fifty-year-old Johnny Depp said, “It’s great fun growing old,” while director Quentin Tarantino, also fifty, bemoaned having to wear reading glasses.
I like my age, but I wish I physically felt and looked like I did at eighteen or twenty. How about you?