33 things the over 60s don't miss about being younger

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Two thirds (63 percent) of over 60s say they are happier now than they have ever been ... and the don't miss the strife that comes with being young.

things over 60s don't miss about being young

Ferrying the kids around, having a boss who breathes down your neck – and the daily stress of running a family home, have emerged among a list of things the older generation DO NOT miss about being younger, according to a new study.

Worrying about your weight, being woken up by the sound of an alarm clock, and the constant juggle of work and childcare also emerged as aspects of life the nation’s retirees are MORE than happy to have left behind.

Researchers polled adults aged 60 and over and asked them to list the life activities they do not hanker after, including sitting exams, worrying about what people think of you, cooking meals for the family every night - and waiting for pay day.

Ironing school uniforms on a Sunday night and hosting the family Christmas were also we are glad to see the back of in our golden years.

Of those polled, 87 percent said, although they enjoyed their youth and miss certain aspects of it – they are just as happy now as they ever were, with nearly two thirds (63 percent) saying they are happier now than they have ever been.

More than half said their relationship with their spouse was at its best now – with half saying it was due to not having the stress of work and running a family home.

What the over 60s don't miss about being young 

  1. Being at work five days a week
  2. Having to get up to an alarm clock
  3. Having to be up and out the house at a certain time
  4. Revising for and sitting exams
  5. Enduring the daily commute to work
  6. Financial worries
  7. Having to dress suitably for work everyday
  8. Having to spend your working week with people you don’t like
  9. Having a boss who breathes down your neck
  10. Getting children up and ready for school
  11. Juggling work and family commitments
  12. Waiting for pay day
  13. Tidying up after the children all day long
  14. Worrying about what other people think
  15. Having awkward first dates
  16. Never having a lie-in
  17. Ironing school uniforms on a Sunday night
  18. Not being confident in myself
  19. Packing everything but the kitchen sink for family holidays
  20. Struggling to get on the property ladder
  21. Juggling afterschool activities and parents evening etc
  22. The stress of running a family home
  23. Worrying so much about my looks
  24. Worrying so much about what the scales say
  25. Cooking large family meals every night
  26. Competitiveness amongst friends
  27. Having to do DIY at the weekends
  28. Cooking several different meals for the family every night
  29. Doing a big weekly food shop
  30. Having to host the family Christmas
  31. Having to socialise with other parents
  32. Spending all day staring at a screen
  33. Being called out as an emergency service when kids breakdown

Is there anything you are glad to see the back that preoccupied you when you were young? If it isn't on the list add it in the comment box below.

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