According to science, self-esteem peaks at *this* age

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!)

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10. Germany

City center of Munich, Germany

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9. Nigeria

As seen from a plane, the aerial view of Lagos, Nigeria looks like a patchwork quilt of colored roofs, sand, grass and streets.

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8. Bangladesh

The sun is setting over the smoggy city Dhaka

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7. Pakistan

Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab and the second largest city in Pakistan after Karachi with a population of some 7 million people.

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6. Indonesia

Panorama of Jakarta Skyline with blue sky and no traffic. BNI46 Building from left to right

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5. Brazil

A view from Santa Teresa in the hills of Rio de Janeiro as The iconic Cristo Redentor, Christ the Redeemer statue appears out of the clouds while lit up at night time atop the mountain Corcovado. In the foreground is the Favela Morro da Coroa. 

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4. Russia

Morning over the Moscow Kremlin in the sun

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3. United States of America

Crowd of Times Square in a rainy night, New York, USA

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2. India

Local indian people shoping at street market, Mumbai, India.

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1. China

Crowd of people along The Bund in Shanghai

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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.

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