The age people are the happiest and why


Sidestepping the dreaded midlife crisis is all about maintaining focus in our youth and being kind to distractions as we enter old age.

If we work hard enough in our twenties, leave room for our personal aspirations in our thirties and balance the two in our forties, wellness and escapades await us around the age of 55. So say the wise respondents polled in a new survey commissioned by Riviera Travel.

Sixty-nine percent of the participants polled in the milestones report agreed that their mid-fifties saw them enjoying and pursuing more of their interests than they ever had before. A general sense of life satisfaction was also occasioned by the vast majority of sexagenarians compared to respondents in their twenties and thirties.

“We’re finding more and more over-55s are feeling motivated to explore the wider world. This is reflected in an increasing number of people looking to travel long-haul in 2020, with destinations such as South Africa, Japan, and New Zealand all rising in popularity,” Will Sarson, Head of Specialist Product at Riviera said in a press release. 

“The older generation is living life to the full, traveling to unique destinations where they can immerse themselves in new cultures and try new activities. In turn, they are experiencing greater mental wellbeing, feeling less stressed and less anxious than the younger generations.”

Sixty-four percent of over 55-year-olds feel content with life, 53% feel secure with their place in the world and an additional 53% feel younger than their biological age. When asked after the secret to a life well-lived, the top responses were as follows:

  1. Always make time for your loved ones.
  2. Travel as much as possible
  3. Don’t be afraid of new things
  4. Don’t change to please other people
  5. Try not to worry about the small stuff

Fall chickens

Middle-aged participants boasted a similar youthful charisma in every facet of their lives. Fifty-eight percent of this demographic remain active on social media and 70% report feeling confident about their mental wellness.  Nearly 39% of over 55-year-olds spent more than 20 days on vacation in the last year alone.

Comparatively, 63% of respondents under the age of 35 said that they regularly feel stressed and an accompanying 60% reported struggling with varying degrees of anxiety.  Only 27% of under-35-year-olds have vacationed in the last 12 months.

“Our generational study showed that a sense of adventure doesn’t fade once you get to 55 – in fact, it grows,” Sarson continued.

Seventy-percent of the older respondents polled exercise regularly each week,  67% learn a new skill at least once a year,  61% make a point to try a new activity at least once a year, 34% meet up with friends on a weekly basis, 31% attend festivals annually, 20% make sure to hit the gym at least once a month and 17% of the sexagenarians surveyed see their favorite band play within that same margin.

Circumventing a sedentary lifestyle isn’t exclusivity linked to emotional wellness of course. A recent study published in the journal Psychology & Health found that vacationing actually significantly reduces one’s risk of developing metabolic disorders like heart disease.

“Overall, vacations are experienced as positive events,” the study’s authors wrote. “This positive subjective experience may translate into physical health benefits given that vacation frequency may protect against metabolic syndrome and symptoms.”


The top locations middle-aged respondents from Riviera survey travel to 

USA (5.1%)

Japan (4%)

Canada (3.4%)

South Africa (2.7%)

New Zealand (2.5%)

Australia (1.4%)

South America (0.7%)