The age people are their happiest revealed

A neuroscientist has revealed that happiness declines in our 30s, before rising again from 54 [Image: Getty]

The passing of birthdays may become less and less exciting as we get older - but there is some good news about ageing.

Apparently our happiness actually doesn’t reach a peak until the age of 82, according to neuroscientist David Levitin.

The author and cognitive psychologist also found in his research that we become less happy in our 30s before things pick up again from 54.

“As a group [older generations] are actually happier than younger people,” the expert revealed in his new book, The Sunday Times reports.

David has insisted his discovery of a “sharp” boost in happiness from our 50s “holds true across 72 countries from Albania to Zimbabwe”.

The neuroscientist - who is two decades away from his happiness peaking - came to his conclusions after analysing hundreds of studies.

His new book, The Changing Mind is being described as a “neuroscientist’s guide to ageing well”.

Successful Hollywood stars who are aged 82 include Jane Fonda, Morgan Freeman and Dustin Hoffman and Anthony Hopkins.

Hollywood star Jane Fonda is 82 years old - the age at which happiness is claimed to peak [Image: Getty]

The expert blamed the issue of having “too high expectations” for why younger generations can feel less happy, but as we age we “realise that life is pretty good”.

In addition to outlook, he said other factors influencing happiness included doing exercise, trying new experiences, maintaining loving relationships and getting rid of toxic ones.

An expert-backed way to boost mental health includes going for a lunchtime walk.

Numerous studies have found that getting fresh air at midday positively affects concentration and overall work enjoyment in the afternoon.

One recent piece of research showed that office workers enjoyed their afternoons more if they’d gone for a walk outside at lunch time.

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