After graduating from University, we have to become full blown adults: meaning the grueling daily grind of work. We can’t make irresponsible choices and say YOLO to justify those reckless actions. We have to get married, have kids, raise those kids and then retire. Adulthood seems like a looming endless wormhole into boredom.
However, au contraire to popular belief that time and aging is an unavoidable ominous misery, Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D., explained in Psychology Today that the happiest years are not during childhood, college or high school – it’s in our mid to late 30s. Woohoo!
Vitelli references a study in the journal Development Psychology that looks at how happiness changes over time in two groups – high school seniors followed from age 18 to 43; and University seniors followed from age 23 to 37.
A team of researchers from the University of Alberta and Brandeis University used data from the Edmonton Transitions Study (ETA) alongside mail surveys for the adult participants. It is a 25-year research project that follows high schoolers’ measuring their self-esteem, marital status, employment, physical health, and parents’ level of education.