Study concludes that people reach their happiest at 82 years of age

health 03/03/2020

If you weren't born before the year 1938, then we have a fun fact for you... You haven't reached you full happiness potential!

Well, according to new research conducted by top neuroscientist Daniel Levitin. 

Mr Levitin published his findings in his book The Changing Mind: A Neuroscientist's Guide To Ageing Well where he busted myths about ageing including loss of memory and difficulties learning new skills.

Speaking on Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday, Mr Levitin said: "Neuroscience has found in the last ten years... [that] your memory won't necessarily get impaired as you age."

"Another big myth is that older adults are depressed."

"But the average peak age of happiness across 72 countries is aged 82 and I think we can push that out another ten years if we can combat ageism as well as with medical technology."

"We tend to think of ageing as this process starting at birth and if you're lucky you get to keep doing it."

"Ageing is everyone's favourite alternative to death."

"The story is you keep acquiring skills and getting better and better up until a point, then you start losing stuff like crumbling bits off the Rock of Gibraltar."

"But in fact we now have strong evidence in the last ten years that a number of brain faculties actually get better, right on up till the end."

Mr Levitin added that the majority of people become more empathetic and are better equipped to deal with challenges in life - both for themselves and others. 

Daniel Levitin's top tips for happiness in old age

  • Don't retire to ensure your mind is being stimulated by something meaningful
  • Exercise to release endorphins and produce a naturally happy high.
  • Try new things to promote cognitive activity
  • Moderation and variety in food and drink is key to a balanced lifestyle
  • Keep your social circle exciting and new as meeting strangers engages every part of the brain