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The Perfect Age If You’re a Woman Is…

My mom at age 57.

My mom at age 57.

Feeling tired? Rundown? Worn out? Missing the carefree days of your youth?

Well, buck up, mama. If a new survey is to be believed, the best is yet to come!

Of 2,242 women surveyed by Harris Interactive, the perfect age is 53.

Yup! Who woulda thunk it in this era of plastic surgery, size zero, and youth worship?

New York City psychotherapist Robi Ludwig tells Yahoo! Shine she’s not surprised. “This is really developmentally the time of life that women plug into themselves and respect themselves, listen to their own voice, and develop their own voice, so it makes perfect sense that they would really feel good, because they’re doing that.”

So you know that annoying phrase you’ve heard over and over? 40 is the new 20 or 50 is the new 20? It kind of is!

“Women in their 20s today are still very much young-minded.” Ludwig says. “They almost see themselves as kidlike. As they’re into their 30s, they’re beginning to make more adult choices that will serve as the foundation [of the future], but there’s still a bit of wanting to please parents, wanting to please bosses, be culturally in sync.”

Ludwig says that a lot of women find their late forties and fifties liberating because they’ve stopped caring what other people think and have learned what works best for them. Not only that, but at 53, you’re still healthy enough that you can travel the world and do a lot of the things you’ve always wanted to do. And, depending on when you had kids, you’re likely to either already be an empty nester or getting close to that point so you can focus on yourself again. (The poll says most Americans hope to be empty-nesters at 45 and then retire at 61.)

Interestingly, ten years ago the same poll found that 41 was the ideal age. According to the poll, the ideal age for men is 47. So, when you don’t account for gender, 50 is the ideal age if you could live forever in good health.

What do you think? Does your life seem to get better as you age? When will you be an empty-nester? Are you looking forward to it or dreading it?

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