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Life does indeed start at 40: UK survey

world Updated: Jun 25, 2008 23:19 IST
Vijay Dutt

The belief that life begins at 40 is not a myth, for a new study has revealed that it’s the time when most people usually achieve what they want, with 46 being the “magic” age at which life is at its peak.

Researchers at the Queen’s University, Belfast, on behalf of the Changing Ageing Partnership (CAP), Insurance company More and Good Housekeeping in Britain have carried out the study and found that the mid to late 40s is the age when a large number of people will have accumulated the most belongings they would not want to lose. The study also says that that age has nothing to do with happiness.

Chris Lewis, former England all -rounder, who retired in 2000 from first-class cricket, came out this year to play 20-20 matches for Surrey. He is 40 but said you are never too old. Women in another study admitted to enjoying sex more after 40.

Archie and Margaret Lindsay, who celebrated their 44th Valentine’s Day this year, said they were perfectly happy in their old age.

Margaret said: “I am surprised that so many young people think that getting older means being unhappy. It’s important that young people realise that they can still enjoy life as they get older.”

Researcher Dr John Garry looked at young people’s attitudes to happiness in old age and how these attitudes affect their health-related behaviour. “We have all heard the saying ‘life begins at forty’. But it seems that many people, particularly young people, actually associate growing old with being miserable. They don’t see any benefit in preserving their health for old age.”

What’s surprising is that the survey revealed that the average value of household possessions, owned by people in their 40s, is 40,919 pounds.