Experience News in a New Way
I voiced a story in my booth the other day, based a survey by the social networking site Friends United out of Britain. It was somehow determined that 33 is the age 70% of the people they surveyed over the age of 40 said they were the happiest. It probably went in one ear and out the other for a lot of you, but the more I think about it, the angrier I get.
Because, to quote Bishop T.D. Jakes — who I think is really special — “Don’t speak to my destiny!” you can’t conclude that after 33 lives becomes “less happy”?! Each one of us is on our own timeline. Psychologist Donna Dawson, said, in part: ‘By 33, innocence has been lost, but our sense of reality is mixed with a strong sense of hope, a ‘can do’ spirit, and a healthy belief in our own talents and abilities. We have yet to develop the cynicism and world-weariness that comes with later years.’
Well, I would say, at 33 many people still don’t know who they are and what the doc describes as cynicism and world-weariness in later years is actually wisdom, and maturity which you learn by getting your butt kicked by life a bunch of times. Then you can live happily for the right reasons rather than looking for happiness in money, material things, or substances and the empty promises of happiness they’re thought to provide.
On Facebook, Bill Robertson posted the five simple rules to be happy:
You can be as happy as you want to be, at any age!