If happiness in life were a test, many people would be getting an “F,” according to a new survey of 2,000 British adults. The average respondent rated their happiness level at just 6.3 out of 10, and a quarter say they are just too busy to enjoy their lives.
It seems free time is directly connected to happiness, asrespondents who were over the age of 55 and retired reported slightly higher happiness scores (6.9 out of 10 on average). Conversely,young adults (ages 25-34) had the lowest average rating of all surveyed age groups (a dismal 5.9 out of 10).
On a similar note, the survey also found that respondents over the age of 55 spend more time than any other age group focusing on activities and topics they genuinely enjoy. Among older respondents, one in four experience at least 13 enjoyable experiences per month, compared to just one in ten millennials.
At least some respondents are aware that they are spending too much time on their commitments;three in 10 say they prioritize too many things, or people, ahead of themselves and their enjoyment on a daily basis.
One of the survey’s more interesting findings was that many respondents reported loosening up a bit and not worrying as much about the “little things” past the age of 35. As far as adopting a more care-free lifestyle, 41% say booking a short weekend trip on an impulse would be exciting, and a tenth say they would like to purchase clothes they wouldn’t usually wear.