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Reaching Retirement Makes You Feel Happy And Healthier (If We Ever Get To Retire)

20/06/2013 11:20 BST | Updated 20/06/2013 11:31 BST
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The retirement age may have just gone up, but once you actually get to retire, you may find yourself feeling younger and healthier than ever. It may sound like a premise from the film 'Cocoon', but research from the Office of National Statistics has revealed that people in their late 60s have similar levels of happiness as people in their 30s and are satisfied with their own health.

Interestingly, anxiety and depression drops by almost a third for people between the ages of 50 to late 60s.

The Telegraph reported that as part of a wider study of 40,000 households, people were asked to rate how happy they were with their overall health and other factors that might be affecting their wellbeing.

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Part of the reason might be that retirees are finding themselves in better health than their parents' generation, another might be that it's easier to emigrate or travel nowadays that it was 20 or 30 years ago.

The report was published by the ONS and shows that people's wellbeing declines from their teens until their 50s. Teenagers rank their overall happiness at 75%, which drops to 70% in their 30s and lowers to 60% by the time people are in their 40s and 50s. It then jumps to 67% once people reach retirement age.