If you had high hopes your 30s would be your “glo up” decade, you may want to lower those expectations. When a woman enters her 30s, it’s been said she becomes more confident in who she is and no longer cares for the opinions of others.

She also begins to hit the sweet spot of her career, hopefully making more money with the status at a company (or her own *winks*) to match.

A paper published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science, says millennials are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to being 30-somethings.

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“Subjective well being” data was analyzed in a survey of 1.3 million Americans between the ages of 13 and 96 in the years between 1970 and 2014. Researcher Jean Twenge noticed before 2010, people’s happiness increased with age, but during the past five years, the reverse has happened. Basically after adolescence, it’s all downhill!

“Adults 30 and over are less happy than they used to be, while, teens and young adults are happier; in fact, adults over 30 are no longer happier than their younger counterparts,” she wrote for The Atlantic.

There are no definite reasons for why this occurred, but Twenge’s theory is on the idea of “happiness is reality divided by expectation.”

“With expectations so high, less happiness in adulthood may be the inevitable result,” she wrote.

“Big dreams feel great when you’re an adolescent or a young adult just starting out. But somewhere around their late 20s, most people begin to realize reality isn’t going to match up …”

This theory can be applied to twenty-somethings as well and may be a cause for the quarter-life crisis. Having all these expectations for what life will be like when you’ve completed undergrad and none of that happening can decrease happiness.

We’re rebuking this in the name of the Almighty and our resumes!


Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.