What Made MORE Readers Happiest

MORE surveyed 1,200 women age 60-plus about what they've learned about love, work, parenthood and finding their true path. Eighty-one percent said their happiest decade came after 40, but they stressed that all life stages have their pleasures. Behold the bliss continuum, our admittedly broad categorization of what made respondents happiest during each decade of their lives.

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20s

Sex, drugs and rock and roll

 

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30s

Marriage, career

 

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40s

Confidence, self-awareness

 

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50s

Freedom (from kids!)

 

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60s

Freedom (from job!)

 

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Originally published in the November 2012 issue

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