Why Age Will Always Be Just A Number

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Happiness. Is it just me, or has it been the buzziest idea of the past decade? As I’ve transitioned from my mid-twenties to my mid-thirties, I’ve witnessed an endless parade of books, podcasts, documentaries, college courses—all touting the notion of happiness as an aspirational, almost-mystical ideal. Something to chase and admire in others (“Didn’t you hear, Finland is the happiest country in the world!”) and maybe, just maybe, catch a glimpse of someday.

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But I am rejecting all of that. While researchers commonly point to a U curve that suggests we’re happiest in our early and later years, I tend to believe that happiness is more of a decision than a result. Sure, we can’t always choose our circumstances, but we can choose our thoughts about them. With help from researchers and wellness experts, writer Aimee Heckel…

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