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The best age? 33 is the new 21!

  • Forget college: Study finds we're happiest after turning 33
  • Andy Samberg and Rachel McAdams officially in their prime
  • Psychologist: At 33, naiviety is gone, zeal for life still going strong
The best age? 33 is the new 21!

Not yet 33 years old? Good news: The best time of your life is still to come.

33 right now? Congratulations, you're peaking.

Past 33? Your best days are behind you. We’re sorry. There’s nothing we can do about it.

See, it's now been scientifically proven that the age at which we're happiest is 33. So chuck those silly notions about how everything was better when you were a child, or how college was some kind of golden age of scholarship and funneling. Nope: Surprise, surprise -- 33 is the height of happiness.

So why such a seemingly random and unlikely number? British social media site Friends Reunited conducted a survey of users older than 40 and found 70% of them said they were not “truly happy” until reaching 33. Among that same group, there were more than twice as many people who said their happiest memory was when they had their own children (36%) than said it was their own childhood (16%).

And psychologist Donna Dawson further explains in the report that by your early 30s you have had “enough time to have shaken off childhood naivety and the wild scheming of teen-aged years without losing the energy and enthusiasm of youth.”

Dawson adds that at 33, “innocence has been lost, but our sense of reality is mixed with a strong sense of hope, a 'can do' spirit, and a healthy belief in our own talents and abilities.”

Which is a pretty sensible and high-minded way of looking at it.

And then there’s this explanation offered by a reflective 35-year-old woman in the New York Daily News: “It's the sex, definitely. You’re hitting your stride. You’re a lot more confident and you can attract younger guys.”

It’s all making sense now. Thirty-three is the place to be. So who are some folks who are currently 33 and therefore cannot complain to anyone about anything until their next birthday? Glad you asked:

  • Katherine Heigl
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Andy Samberg
  • Usher
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Bill Hader
  • Manny Pacquiao
  • Sisqo (yes, that Sisqo)
  • Gael Garcia Bernal
  • James Franco
  • Rachel McAdams
  • Nick Kroll
  • John Legend
  • Brian Urlacher
  • Tamera & Tia Mowry
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Karen O
  • Matthew Morrison
  • Kenan Thompson
  • Nelly Furtado

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