Brace Yourself: Your 30s Aren't Going to Be as Awesome as You Thought

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If you've been clinging to some Sex and the City-fueled fantasies of a fabulous life in your 30s, here's a major #TruthBomb that might crush your dreams of becoming the next Carrie Bradshaw.

The Cut reports that the idea that "it gets better as you get older" is no longer true, according to a new paper published in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science.


In this paper, researcher Jean Twenge analyzed data collected from 1.3 million Americans between the ages of 13 and 96 between 1970 and 2014. She and her colleagues asked the question: "Would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy or not too happy?"

Jean's findings led her to discover that before 2010, people's happiness steadily increased as they got older, according to her article in The Atlantic. But in the last five years, she noticed that things have started to go downhill after your teens. Today's 30-somethings are less happy than they were in the past.

While this news sounds bleak, there is still some positive news for young people: Teens and adolescents are much happier than they used to be. Jean writes:

"With expectations so high, less happiness in adulthood may be the inevitable result. Big dreams feel great when you're an adolescent or a young adult just starting out. But somewhere around their late 20s, most people begin to realize reality isn't going to match up. When those dreams are more widespread than they used to be, the inevitable crash will be, too."

So, ladies, seems there's no better reason to start living it up now!


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