London, Jan 20 (ANI): Turning 50 today? Well, you're entering the golden age of happiness.
Many of those who have passed their half century are enjoying the time of their lives - comfortable and content with their lot, say researchers.
This may be because they have the peace of mind of having paid off their mortgage, got the children off their hands or are simply enjoying spending more time with loved-ones and friends.
The findings are based on a survey that questioned almost 1,500 people aged 50 and over.
It found four out of ten were more content with their lives than at any other period.
Many admitted they enjoyed a sense of achievement from their career and pride in having children who were settled in their chosen careers.
More time to spend with family and an active social life were also key factors.
It also emerged that almost two-thirds of those in their fifties feel more confident than ever before.
The study was conducted by the insurance business Engage Mutual.
"It is heartening that so many are finding that being in your fifties can be the most rewarding time of your life," the Daily Mail quoted a spokesman for the company as saying.
"With increased life expectancy, being 50 is considered to be relatively young these days.
"And if people have been able to maintain a healthy lifestyle and plan their finances, they may start to feel the benefit of their efforts in these years," he added. (ANI)