Raise your hand if you ever felt like a cripplingly awkward tween/teen/adult. And you were afraid you’d feel that way forever. No? Just us?
The good news is, you’re on the up and up—and science can prove it.
According to a new report in the Psychological Bulletin, self-esteem doesn’t actually peak until you’re about 60 years old. (60!)
The report gathered data from more than 300 published studies on the topic, and a pattern held throughout. Per the paper, “self-esteem increases in early and middle childhood, remains constant (but does not decline) in adolescence, increases strongly in young adulthood, continues to increase in middle adulthood, peaks between age 60 and 70 years, and then declines in old age, with a sharper drop in very old age.” Read: Ages 60 through 70 are prime “IDGAF” years.
We never thought we’d say this but…getting older has its perks.