It makes sense that the older age group would be the happiest says Kristie Buchanan, CEO of RedBalloon, as they “are most likely to have paid off their home, they’re families are grown and they’re just enjoying life.”
The survey of 2034 Australians found that our level of happiness may also depend on what time of day you ask the question ‘How happy are you?’
Early evening is a key time of day, with 6-8pm voted by 27% of respondents as their happiest time of day. Only 4% of respondents chose the hours of 2-4pm as their happiest time of day, suggesting that most of us suffer from some level of post-lunch blues. Early risers – those who wake up at 6am – were the happiest out of all respondents (89%).
RedBalloon also asked respondents how they felt about life in regards to their career, with three in four (75%) saying they were happy with their working life overall.
The most satisfied with their careers were those aged 55-59 years, with three in four (76%) claiming to be ‘very happy’ or ‘happy’ with their work life. Only 60% of 19-29 year olds said that they were either ‘very happy’ or ‘happy’ with their career making them the least satisfied with their working life.
“This suggests that experience in the workforce can amplify happiness,” said Kristie Buchanan. “It’s also likely that those aged 55-plus have put their ‘fight to the top’ behind them, whereas the younger respondents may be out to prove themselves.”
Respondents who were very busy at work were also much more likely to be very happy with life overall.
While it’s not a scientific study, the results of this survey do make a lot of sense. While the advertising industry would like us to believe that we are happiest when we are young, those of us who have lived a few more decades know better, don’t we?