Many people might remember that when they were in their teenage years, they felt very constrained and that being an adult generally means being happier than they were. However, quite often, it seems, those same people wish to go back into their childhood as soon as they feel the pressure of the adulthood. This change of attitudes may raise a debate about which age groups are actually the happiest ones.
On the one hand, a convincing argument can be made that children and teenagers are usually considered the most cheerful and delighted groups of people. Indeed, one might say, that youngsters bear no or little responsibility for their actions, most of which can, therefore, be regarded as non-consequential. Hence, the young can try any activity they like, unless, of course, it is directly harmful. Moreover, children and teenagers in general have more free time and more easily acquire friends than adults. Thus, their lives may be filled with effortless amusing communication with their peers, thereby resulting in high levels of happiness.
On the other hand, some people report that the older they become, the more joy they derive from their lives. This point of view, I believe, is perfectly reasonable as well. Being an adult generally means having freedom of choice and action which is almost inaccessible for the young generation. This freedom coupled with experience and profound understanding of one’s desires and motivation may lead to truly fulfilling meaningful lives including bright careers, exciting hobbies and loving families.
In conclusion, I would say that both periods have their joys and sorrows and how happy people of different ages feel strongly depends on the individual. Still, I believe that life can and should be savoured no matter what age a person is.