Are you feeling happier as you get older?

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A new poll by Eurostat indicates that British Pensioners are  happier than their counterparts in France, Germany and Spain and that they are the sixth happiest older generation in Europe alongside countries like Switzerland, Holland and Sweden.

Not only that, but Britain’s pensioners are also happier than younger generations. The poll rated peoples happiness from 0 (not satisfied) to 10 (very satisfied). People between 65-74 in the UK have a satisfaction level of 7.7 which is also higher than younger generations. The satisfaction is 7.3 in the UK for people aged 25-34 and 7.1 between 35-64 before surging upwards as they retire.

As people are living longer in the UK and many peoples health is lasting into old age, how do you feel?

What are your views? Are you feeling happier as you get older?

Are you getting happier as you get older?

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SHOEFLY
4th Jul 2015
0
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The pension age has gone up. This year four work mates died in their fifties, The pressures of life today are awful.
Notdeadyet
10th May 2015
1
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I am happier now that I am retired - two and a half years ago now. None of the pressures, stresses and strains that the workplace put upon you, however good the employer and however much you enjoy the job. Even though I live alone, I am still able to get out and about and do many of the things I would like to do and socialise with people. I do wonder from time to time though how I might feel in future years with increasing ill-health (it seems to have started already!) and a pension that does not buy as much as it used to.
Oldlady
2nd May 2015
1
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On my own now, but at nearly 79, I'm enjoying doing what I want at the time I chose, though also enjoy helping with the younger grandchildren.
alisonmay
24th Apr 2015
1
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I am happier as my relationship with God is deepening and because of the good husband and lovely family He has given me.
daydreams
8th Apr 2015
3
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Most of the time anyway. Happier, or more comfortable in my own skin, even though it has to cover more of me than it did thirty years ago!
Retiredguy
3rd Apr 2015
3
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Took early retirement last September from teaching and downsized in October from 'the heart of rural England' to the seaside.
Still reeling from the shock of a first East Coast winter but looking forward to summer to get the bike out of the garage.
Peter
31st Mar 2015
4
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Definitely happier - as you age you get a better idea of priorities and what makes you happy and spend less time on all the irrelevant stuff that doesn't. For me it's all about friends, family, keeping healthy so I can travel and experience as much of the world as possible. I aim to ski, trek, surf, cycle and golf well into my 80s!!
Larger
30th Mar 2015
3
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I have been retired for nearly 14 years now and I am happy with my life as it is. I can do what I want to do without pressure from anyone except my wife and myself. I have a part time gardening job that helps to pay for my golf and any gadget I might like to buy.
I certainly do not envy my two sons having to go to work, especialy my second son who has to travel into London every day wasting over 2 hours of his day.
rusty13
30th Mar 2015
3
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I retire dearly from full time work in 1998. Had a couple of part time driving jobs during the following 10 years or so. but always left time for myself. Now just a bit of voluntary work..
Have had diabetes for nearly 40 years! Still consider myself fit and healthy. Manage fine on my income, have a great wife, two gorgeous dogs and plenty of time. Driving, walking, gardening caravan on coast Several friends have passed away over the years, apart from that, no complaints!
blackdog2
30th Mar 2015
3
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Sorted out finances long before retiring, come and go when I like, no worries, no problems, have been very lucky in that I'm as was made with nothing added or taken away and it all still works, love where I live, only wish I had someone to share it all with apart from dog.
jeanniet
29th Mar 2015
4
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I am 64 and happily retired. No-one to tell me what to wear or what to do. Don't get me wrong I've had some great jobs but I don't miss them. I manage fine with my pension even though sometimes there's not much left. You won't find me complaining
broadsmike
29th Mar 2015
5
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At eighty I am still sailing,taking the dog for a daily vigorous walk,gardening , passed the advanced drivers test and looking for the next challenge what's not to like
SovereignInventory
29th Mar 2015
2
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I can't believe the NO vote of 35% are unhappy at this time of their lives. Perhaps some of the Silversurfers who are not happy could give some details as to why? Maybe some of the Silversurfer community could help and assist in getting them happier.
Derowen
21st Apr 2015
2
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Perhaps they are the lonely ones, widowed with friends or family living far away. Or even with no family.
theroadie
28th Mar 2015
2
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Took early retirement at 60 now 62 and still wondering how I ever found time to work, love it. The bad point is my wife still has six years to go before she can think of retiring.
Trampas1955
27th Mar 2015
3
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I was made redundant at 55 from local government. Don't miss it at all. Now work part time in private sector. Absolute nightmare. Managers don't know what they're talking about and the staff are the same. Treading water for a few more years then I'll pack it in for good. I'm 60 in June so will retire at 63. Nothing else lined up and definitely no volunteering. Someone else can save the world. Feet up and chill out, 2 holidays a year and to hell with them!
Dragonmum
27th Mar 2015
3
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Hips were condemned 10 years ago - still in use but not for much longer methinks. Hearing-aid playing up but not to worry - I live in a country where I have a comfortable bed, more than enough to eat,
health-care when needed - what's not to be happy about?
O.K Politics in UK is a joke, but apart from that............?
Robbinn
26th Mar 2015
2
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My husband retired from full-time employment two and a half years ago but continued in the same industry on a part-time basis as he was head-hunted by various firms. Only this week he has decided to finally finish after 53 years in the same industry.
Yes, I think we are both getting happier as we get older (although I have never been 'that' unhappy even through difficult times). We both raised our children (different marriages) and saw them to adult status with families of their own; we love our grand-children but they are not our responsibility.

We have both worked (and saved) hard so are now enjoying the fruits of our labours. When anyone tells me how 'lucky' I am to be in this situation, I remember the lean years (and believe me I had a few) when I begrudged the little I put towards a pension but I always did, and I begrudged paying my National Insurance stamp - but I did so now I am very grateful that I kept everything going.

Not everything is rosy all of the time but being negative about things only makes for unhappy people. I try and see the positive in everything and enjoy each day as it comes. My husband and I are free to do as we want with no encumbrances and will hopefully continue to enjoy life to the full.
hockeystick
25th Mar 2015
1
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Well the older I get, the more I challenge myself. I still work to fund my little adventures. I still enjoy working, I love meeting people. Yes as I get older I am happy with myself. Good luck to everyone.
Derekh
25th Mar 2015
4
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Sleep who tired. Eat when hungry. Go look for the sun in the winter when it is cold here. Race the grandchildren in the park. Time to do whatever you want rather than only time for what you ought to be doing 🙂
HJR58
25th Mar 2015
2
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Semiretired from NHS. Now working part time in private sector. Don't miss it at all - though do miss some of my colleagues. More time to do what I want, less stress and no money worries- what's not to like!
Heather B. Moon
25th Mar 2015
3
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After retiring from teaching I now have time to write and illustrate my books for children . I have homes in Cornwall and Lanzarote and both places really inspire my work. Grandchildren also have a special place in my life; it's great to play with them but not have that ultimate responsibility.I keep active with cycling,walking,swimming and love those 4 hour lunches with my husband that we never had time for when we were both working full time. Who would have thought I would have my own website www.heatherbmoon.com at my age? Yes life brings you more freedom when you get older, just keep active and slap on that moisturizer!
patrington
24th Mar 2015
6
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When you have worked for lots of years and had only one day off a week for twent years you cram dverything into that day......now i found new websites like this got train / bus passes for days out. Bought a quad copter (drone). Bought fantastic magic tricks,go remote control boating,bought another camera and enter competitions, nap on the couch but it was on the sun lounge today, booked a cruise,just got in from the casino with a few quid in my pocket.that bit doesnt happen very often though,enjoy my garden,growing herbs, swim 3 times a week.
YES I AM VERY HAPPY THANKYOU.
Wilf
24th Mar 2015
3
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Sounds like a great life! No wonder you are happy
patrington
24th Mar 2015
2
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Its great Wilf, looking at Argos catalogue right now, buying a telescope to take pics of the space station and hopefully win photography competitions, if you are at a loss for something to do try "prize finder" web site, enter comps.its a start....
Munsterlander
24th Mar 2015
2
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I have always been a happy person, I wake up each morning a look forward to each day. I am excited by the opportunities that each day brings.

On the other hand, my mother in-law.........
patrington
24th Mar 2015
1
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I wake up in the morning put my arms out and if there is no wood feeling i get out of bed!
patrington
24th Mar 2015
1
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Bought my mother in law a chair last week. But she refuses to plug it in.......i can hear the groans from here.old joke..
Wilf
24th Mar 2015
3
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Whats not to feel happy about. When you are alive & well! Give thanks!
Archiebald
24th Mar 2015
4
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Yes much much happier!. Don't worry like I used to when I was younger. I appreciate everything a lot more and especially as when we were young we were very poor. Life is good now-days and people forget what a great country the UK is with our NHS and freedom of speech etc. Great to be alive!

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