States such as Hawaii, Arizona and New Hampshire saw the happiest older residents.
Getting older is sometimes looked upon as a decline in health and aching bones, but a new report has revealed that older Americans are ranked the happiest.
A report which was part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being survey found people over the age of 55 were happier with financial circumstances, community, purpose, social, and health.
The survey asked questions about well-being and happiness to 115,000 older Americans over a period of 15 months. On average, compared to their younger peers older people were more satisfied with standard of living, worry less about money, together with lower incidences of depression and obesity than those in their younger years.
For example, in 2015, 40 percent of Americans ages 18 to 54 said they were worried about money, compared with 25 percent of Americans ages 65 and older meaning less stress and worry.
Across America, different states told a different story – Hawaii, Arizona, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Colorado all saw older people much happier while West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Indiana saw less happy older people.
“The 55 and over crowd in those top states…report always making time for regular trips and vacations with family and friends, reaching their goals in the last 12 months, using their strengths and aptitudes as a human being, in other words, doing things that are a natural right fit for them,” said Dan Witters, research director for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
For more information, the report can be found here.