Berapa usia Anda sekarang? Dan, selama hidup Anda (masa lalu, sekarang, dan masa depan), pada usia berapa yang menurut Anda adalah atau akan menjadi yang paling bahagia?
Ini pertanyaan yang sulit, oleh karena itu si pembuat artikel selama dua minggu terakhir menggunakan layanan Amazon Crowdsourcing untuk meminta 672 orang menjawab kedua pertanyaan itu. Dan inilah hasilnya.
Si penulis kemudian tidak tahu grafik itu bisa digunakan sebagai apa, tetapi banyak orang yang menulis komentar singkat dan menjelaskan alasan pilihan mereka. Berikut ini adalah beberapa komentar yang menarik, masing-masing dengan usia sekarang dan usia yang dianggap paling bahagia:
(maaf tidak diterjemahkan ke Bahasa Indonesia)
An 18-year-old: 25
Because that’s when i’ll have a stable job, good income and my own house (hopefully).
A 25-year-old: 18
I wish I could stay 18 or ever.
A 33-year-old: 53
Will have met financial freedom and retirement goals.
A 46-year-old: 53
By the time I’m 53, I feel like I will be old enough to truly know myself and young enough to be physically fit.
A 53-year-old: 53
I was diagnosed with cancer around 2.5 years ago, went through the chemo and radiation. I’m finally at a point where I am grateful and happy that it was found in time to do something about it, and not worrying every second that it will come back. Not exactly a near-death experience, but as close as I want to come. Makes you REAL happy to be alive and to try and appreciate even the small things.
A 24-year-old: 40
I have already had a lot of happiness in my life and am very grateful for said happiness but I noticed that as my father ages, he seems to find more and more joy in the smaller things in life. Even in tough times he seems to maintain a more positive attitude – maybe it’s because he’s retired or he’s realized that worrying does’t accomplish much. I hope to achieve his level of wisdom someday and look forward to more happiness and fulfillment later in life.
A 53-year-old: 40
This was the point in my life that I had gotten through college, was married, had children and a career. I spent many hours at my childrens games (football, softball, etc) and and loved every minute if it! Financially, things were getting easier as my husband and I advanced in our careers so we could do more things such as travel and not have to worry so much about being able to afford it. It seemed that the hard work of college and “paying my dues” as I began my career were finally beginning to pay off.
A 21-year-old: 30
At 30, still young but old enough to be really developing my career.
A 30-year-old: 21
Life at my fingertips…
A 26-year-old: 35
I love the family life and independence; by the age mentioned I hope to have less day-to-day worries and more kids, but still be in a really good shape to enjoy it. Plus, I hope to be much more stable professionally.
A 34-year-old: 25
It’s amazing what experience, debt, and growing older can do to your outlook on life. I thought a decade ago I would be happer a decade later, and I am finding out that’s not really the case. I’m not unhappy by any means, but the more responsibilities we accrue in life, the easier it is to rate our happiness by different things.
A 23-year-old: 21
In college – so far it was the best time of my life. Hopefully it won’t be!
A 35-year-old: 21
College years were the best
An 18-year-old: 28
Done with college, can settle down, new job, etc
A 28-year-old: 22
I was a college student then. That were happiest years in my life, because my character shaped and tempered. Though any college assignment felt hard, I can enjoyed the hardship. Sincerely, I dreamed several times about my college years when I slept. I really missed that moment of life.
A 26-year-old: 15
15 was a great year. I was still to young to care and honestly thought the world was at my feet. I spent the school year hanging out with friends and of course school. Summer I spent most of it at my uncles enjoying time with my younger cousins and the cute boy down the street. Ahh… life before a I ever had a job.
Another 26-year-old: 26
As someone who has spent most of her short life daydreaming, I have learned not to waste my time measuring happiness or planning how to create it. I try and make the best of the present time and hope that I continue to do that for the rest of my life. Interesting question!
Yet another 26-year-old: 32
I feel by that time I will have finished grad school and be working in a field that I love. I will be more comfortable with who I am and my place in the world by that time.
A 26-year-old: 30
The day i get married will be the happiest day of my life.
A 41-year-old: 26
I met and married my husband at 26 years old. It was the best time of my life.
A 70-year-old: 30
We had a very happy marriage and two beautiful daughters. Although we are still married, things often got complicated and stressful but never hopeless.
A 23-year-old: 8
Childhood was a time of innocence; no worries, no bills, no thought as to cause and effect… You walk around with your fingers in your nose picking wedgies and thinking about the playground never wondering about world hunger war terrorism or even when companies may go bankrupt and cancel your favorite television show.
A 44-year-old: 25
The age I married my beloved husband and set out on our new life together. We are still together and still very happy. The adventures we share and have shared have brought so much joy to my life.
A 46-year-old: 34
I was happiest when I was single and working at the beginning of my professional career.
A 27-year-old: 45
Having children and watching them grow will give me the greatest joy.
A 38-year-old: 45
at that age most of my kids will be grown and hopefully I will be able to quit my job by then and do some of the things i would like to be able to do in my life
A 29-year-old: 16
I desperately miss the imagined knowledge and unknown ignorance of being in high school
Another 29-year-old: 17
Got married at 16 have 4 kids…so life has been challenging, wouldn’t trade them for anything…but would like to go back and have less responsability even for a little while 🙂
A 29-year-old: 26
This is the age that I came to the realization that I had finally found what I wanted. Everything just seemed to be coming together.
A 50-year-old: 26
At 26 i had my only child…and i was going to college, met a man of my dreams and felt like i could do it all..then i got involved with my child and man everything i wanted went out the window with in the first year..do i regret it sometimes would i change it not on my life
A 54-year-old: 23
I know for sure that as I age I get unhappier. At this point I’m thinking about how much longer I have as compared to having my whole life in front of me.
A 31-year-old: 50
I said 50 is the age I would be the happiest because it seems like the older I get the happier I am. And I hope that when I’m 50 I will continue to get more happy with each passing year and I hope to still be in great health.
A 44-year-old: 32
I finally had my child after trying for 10 years and my life was complete then.
A 43-year-old: 61
My youngest child will be of age and hopefully off to college \u0026 then I will be free to do what I want with my life.
A 39-year-old: 40
We had always known we wanted to adopt 2 special children and our hearts goal was that it would be by the time I am 40 and my husband 45. Our second and final adoption will be finalized in 2009 and I will be 40 years old.
A 46-year-old: 65
I am looking forward to 65, so I can retire, and actually take some time out to enjoy life.
A 65-year-old: 34
I was well on my way with a career wide open, had purchased my first house and had a great social life. Since then I have been up and down, but never so enthusiastic about life as I was then.
A 53-year-old: 22
We don’t appreciate things at a young age, but as we grow older we always wish we knew then what we know now.
A 22-year-old: 22
Two young daughters make my life the happiest! 🙂
A 30-year-old: 25
I was earning, was healthy, carefree. Looked as if there is enough time in life
A 62-year-old: 19
I was young, gorgeous, full of life and in love
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