A new study that was published in the American Psychological Association’s journal revealed some thought-provoking facts about aging and self-worth. As it turns out, self-esteem seems to peak at age sixty. The goal of the research undertaken by Bern University, Switzerland, was to examine precisely how self-esteem develops over the course of a lifetime. Data was collected from 164,868 participants ranging from ages four to 94. The results illustrated that, on average, self-esteem increases in early and middle childhood, remains constant through adolescence, and continues to gain momentum well into young adulthood. After the age of 30, the study found that self-esteem follows a slow and steady pattern of growth, peaking strongly at age 60 through to age 70. It then begins to weaken, with a drastic drop in old age, from 90, onward.
Considering the continuum of our lives at particular junctures, the study findings seem logical. What struck me about this study, is that it can take up to 60 years to finally attain peak self-esteem, and feel at ease in your own skin. Many of us are challenged with self-esteem issues at one point or another but you can boost your self worth by working on your emotional resilience.
A different perspective can also be an elixir to shift your outlook. You cannot control the thoughts and actions of others, but you can certainly control how you respond to them. You and you alone have domain over your thoughts and outlook. If your confidence level or self-esteem has taken a blow recently, use the following quotes for inspiration. Life is often messy, but there are times when inspirational words of advice can help.