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What Age Is the Happiest Time in Your Life?

What age is the happiest time in your life? I have just read an interesting, short essay of a senior Korean philosopher, and thinking about aging and true happiness. He is 96 years old, and confessed that the happiest time in his life was from 60 to 75 years old, and if he could have gone to the past, he would have liked to go back to around sixty, not twenty or thirty. It was an unexpected confession and it made me a bit shocked. People usually think all people want to stay in their 20's or 30's, and these are the most beautiful periods. However, is it really true? I had read a similar article before in which actually seniors over 60 years old answered they were living the golden days of their lives, according to a survey. For me, I also don't want to go back to my 20's or 30's, because it was a hard time, caught up in some anxiety about uncertain future, immatureness, trial and error, and egocentirsm.

Jan 13, 2016 2:40 PM
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it's odd but that question seems to not really apply to my life these days.  When I was younger, I used to associate 'happiness' with subjective events in life.  And at any turn or thing that happened that could be construed as negative would effect my 'happiness'.  It was because I had an improper persective on life and what is important in life.  These days, I think I have a more realistic view on what I would call is more important than happiness--which is 'satisfaction'.  When I live, I do my best to appreciate the things I am blessed with, to change the things I can in a positive way, to improve myself when I'm not quite up to snuff in something...to make good choices.  The perspective I have now, as compared to when I was in my youth, is more stable and satisfied (though perhaps not as 'happy', which I consider a very aesthetically unstable feeling).  Perhaps this is the reason why so many marriages fall to pieces in places like America--they seem to think that with marriage is suppose to come happiness, when in reality happiness is fleeting...but satisfaction is attainable with the right perspective on life.  And a marriage that begins with this perspective I believe will have a much better chance at survival than one based on happiness.

January 14, 2016

I'd like to think that the present moment is actually the best moment of my life. Each stage brings us a challenge. I'm in my mid-fifties and I'm beginning to notice changes in my body. For instance, I feel less energetic. Yet, when I look back and remember the type of young man I was when I was in my mid-twenties, my life is less complex now, and that is definitely a blessing!  

January 14, 2016

Ages 9 to 11 were fun because I didn't have any adult worries, and because I was experience greater and greater mastery of things... there were more and more things I could do.

 

My late 20s and early 30s were good because I finally started to be seen as simply "an adult," not "a young adult."

 

Being retired is great. Being a grandparent is THE BEST!

January 15, 2016

I think it depends a lot of the individual. By that I mean, to me the happiest moment in your life depends mainly on you and on whereas you choose to live that moment at its fullest or not.

It can be hard to accept the present time, to accept all the aspects of you and to understand that you're just a part of a whole.

20's and 30's may correspond to a very fast period of one's life, full of uncertainties and yet unrealised wishes. 60's might look intellectually speaking more calm and stable for the author.

What happiness is made of is an interesting and complex question and as everything else my point of view about it will probably change.

January 13, 2016

Pesonally ,I think the happist time is15.Because at that time ,I Don't have too much homework to do.

In a word ,I think today is tthe best time.

January 15, 2016
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