Life’s major age milestones revealed
It’s time to recalibrate that outdated lifeplan. You know the one, it had you achieving absolutely everything you ever wanted by age 30 (and consequently feeling like a failure a lot of the time). Rip that up, stat.
A new study shows our thirities and forties are the decades where our biggest achievements sit and when our happiness peaks.
THE AGE MILESTONES
30 – HEALTHIEST
When you turn 30 you start to wonder ‘Is my lifestyle affecting my health? Should I sleep more and drink less?’ Those are the rules. So we exercise, try to get 8 hours a night, eat more nuts and have cause to remind ourselves daily that wine has medicinal properties.
31 – MOST BODY CONFIDENT
By this point most of us have learnt to like our bodies – because the alternative is exhausting. Plus, our perspective has shifted and we’re suddenly awed and eternally grateful to be in possession of a healthy body.
32 – BEST SEX + FIND TRUE LOVE
We’re willing to venture that it’s no coincidence that a year of awesome bedroom aerobics follows the realisation that our bodies are brilliant and self-consciousness is boring. And if the one you happen to be having all that headboard-thumping sex with happens to be The One, bingo!
38 – CAREER SUCCESS
Remember when you used to think you would be a ridiculously successful professional before your thirtieth birthday? Add eight years. And relax.
39 – HAPPIEST
This is the point at which most people feel like everything has fallen in to place. And if not, well then you still have something to look forward to.
40 – RELATIONSHIP CONTENTMENT
Following all the turbulent relationship switcheroos of your twenties and thirties people tend to find a fulfilling fit ten years after they might have expected to.
42 – DREAM SALARY
You’ve made it. Kind of. Maybe. This probably depends how realistic your expectations were in the first place. Either way, most people are pretty chuffed with their pay packets at this age.
47 – WEALTHIEST
Your earning power is probably at its peak. Save like a menace, at least that would be the sensible advice.
The research was carried out to mark the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Last Witch Hunter. In the film, Vin Diesel’s character Kaulder is cursed with immortality.
A spokesperson for the film said: ‘Life has many highs and lows with milestones dotted along the way and it’s interesting to see that the study has shown that most people are happiest when they reach the age of 39.’