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By Eric Barker
December 10, 2014
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Barker is the author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree

One of the reasons young people do such risky things is because they think happiness declines with age so they live it up. They’re only half right: you are happiest at ages 26 and 83. There’s a lot of evidence that we’re happier when we’re older. What’s interesting is the meaning of happiness does change as we age: young people associate happiness with excitement. Older people connect happiness with peacefulness. The mid-life crisis may be a myth. Life does seem to speed up as you get older. The bands and songs people remember most fondly in middle age are the ones they came to love between the ages of 16 and 21.

This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

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