Just in time for Valentine’s Day...a new survey from the UK on a happiness (although I saw a similar report that was published in 2011). The bottom line: people tend to be the happiest, most satisfied and feel a greater sense of self-worth at age 16 and 70, respectively. Since today is Valentine’s Day, those feelings can extend to anyone at any age who feel a deep romantic attachment to someone.
After 70, many of the psychological attachments (work, kids, parent caregiving, etc.) which normally support our sense of identity fall away. This process of letting go brings a new authenticity, which brings people into contact with their ‘core selves', the essence which was obscured by all of these attachments.