Not sure if this is comforting or depressing...
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
While we’re busy trying to shake off the lingering weekend wine guilt, the last thing we want to hear is that we’re past our ‘peak’ for finding someone who wants to marry us, or that we peak at happiness with our bodies at the ripe old age of 74.
But in the same way you still watch a terrifying movie unfold through the gaps in your fingers, we’re intrigued to know what the supposed ‘optimum’ ages for life events are.
Business Insider decided to reveal exactly what science has to say about the landmarks of our lives, and at what ages we reach our peaks – from the ability to learn another language at 7 years old, to understanding people’s emotions at 51.
The research used averages and surveys as opposed to strictly controlled trials, but it is very interesting to see that there are two peaks for life satisfaction. So if you’re anywhere between 20 and 60, you’ve missed the first one – sorry.
Let’s take a look…
At 7 years old: Learning a new language
At 18 years old: Brain processing power
At 22 years old: Remembering names
At 23 years old: Life satisfaction, and female attractiveness to men (errrrm)
At 25 years old: Muscle strength
At 26 years old: Finding a partner for marriage
At 28 years old: Running a marathon
At 30 years old: Bone mass
At 31 years old: Playing chess
At 32 years old: Remembering faces
At 39 years old: Salary for women
At 40 years old: Making a Nobel Prize winning discovery
At 48 years old: Salary for men
At 50 years old: Arithmetic skills
At 51 years old: Understanding people’s emotions
At 69 years old: Life satisfaction (second and last time)
At 71 years old: Vocabulary
At 74 years old: Happiness with your body
At 82 years old: Psychological well-being
So there you have it.