The Best Years Are Ahead of You, Sort Of


An analysis of surveys and statistics chronicling what at what age people report possessing the best skills they ever achieve reveals that our brains and bodies are focused on learning and growing the first 20 years of life.

A compilation by Business Insider has become the guide to illustrate that learning a new language is best accomplished at age 7 and that your brain processing power peaks at 18.  You’ll never be better able to remember people’s names better than when you’re 22.  23 is significant in that it’s the age men say women look their best and are most attractive, and both genders report the highest levels of life satisfaction (it’ll peak again around age 69.)

The 20’s and 30’s are a time of physical prowess and developing relationships, and the best chance of making a Nobel Prize-winning discovery is at age 40.

Women’s salary peaks at age 39 while for men it’s at 48, however both say their ability to focus never gets better than at 43.

By 51 you’ve developed the skills to understand people’s emotions.  Vocabulary peaks at 71, and happiness with your body hits a zenith at 74.  Okay, that one is surprising!

Though life is about the journey and not the destination, the people who report the highest levels of psychological well-being are 82.

Just when you think your best days are behind you, turn around and look ahead.  There’s still a lot to look forward to.


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