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If you’re happy and you know it

Being fifty-something, it’s no surprise to learn that (according to a recent survey) Australians aged 55-59 years are the most satisfied with their careers, with three in four (76%) claiming to be “very happy” or “happy” with their work life. Hell, yeah.

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“This suggests that experience in the workforce can amplify happiness. 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,” says Kristie Buchanan, CEO at RedBalloon (who conducted the survey).

“This makes sense as older age groups are most likely to have paid off their home, their families are grown and they’re just enjoying life.”

“Mortgages, careers and paving a way to success can get in the way of taking time to appreciate life. We’re trying to educate Australians that, by taking the time to create enjoyable moments, everyday stresses can fall into the distance. It’s also good to share the fun. Including friends or family in an experience is the difference between being happy and being very happy.”

The survey questioned more than 2,000 Australians and found that Aussies are more than satisfied with life overall. One in four said they were “very happy” (25%) and another 62% said “happy”.

Australian baby boomers (65+) love life the most, with 92 per cent claiming to be either “very happy” or “happy”.

The 25-29 year olds were least happy.  

This survey really drilled down into the nitty gritty with results suggesting that happiness could be dependent on particular periods in the day. I know that my own energy levels and creativity peak at certain times and now I’m trying to align that to how “happy” I’m feeling. The survey found that those who wake up at 6am are the happiest out of all respondents (89%). Early evening is a key time of day, with 6-8pm voted by nearly 1 in 3 respondents (27%) as their happiest time of day. And that mid-afternoon slump looks like a reality: 2-4pm was only chosen by 4% of respondents as the happiest time of day.

Other fun facts the survey served up:

  • Australians chose spending time with family and friends as the number one thing to put a smile on their dial (54%)
  • People who have a bucket list are more likely to be happy (89%) compared to those who don’t
  • Happy people are more likely to choose chocolate ice cream first from a neopolitan tub, (followed by vanilla, and then strawberry)!

That’s the excuse I need. I’m off to buy a tub of neapolitan ice cream and conduct my own little survey.

3 thoughts on “If you’re happy and you know it

  1. They are very interesting statistics Sheryl. From my experience in the workplace I found some of the elderly employees to be miserable compared to the younger ones. It appeared to me that some of the older ones were just biding their time until retirement or until they have enough super. So it is refreshing to hear that they are the happiest.

    1. It’s a long time since I’ve worked in a workplace (I’m self employed) so I’m intrigued by your experience, Kathy. Thanks for sharing. Maybe those elderly employees aren’t so good at expressing their inner happiness (or at filling out surveys). 🙂

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