Being middle-aged brings a great many demands – trying to juggle a career, friendships, a growing family and elderly parents.
So it’s tempting to believe that putting aside time to ourselves is the key to staying happy and content.
However, experts say responsibilities and interactions with others are what make our lives feel worthwhile. Over-50s are more likely to judge life worth living if they are married and see their friends at least once a week, a study has found.
Spending too much time on your own, or in front of the television, can make life feel less meaningful. Those who see their lives as worthwhile are more likely to be top earners and are less likely to be ill, depressed, obese or poor sleepers. Researchers at University College London questioned more than 7,000 people aged 50 to 90 on how meaningful they felt their life was.