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Life's Rude Awakening Happens at 36

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:11:36 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(BRISTOL, England) -- Life can seem like a party when you’re young, but eventually, most come to the realization that they can’t keep ignoring their mortality.

A new study out of the United Kingdom suggests that the magic age when people decide to reflect where the rest of their life is going is 36.

What does it take for this happen? Rob Anderson, director at Spire Bristol, says that it has to do with an event that shocks them into reality, such as a death in the family.

According to a study of 2,000 people, Anderson says, “By our mid-30s, health and well-being become a much bigger priority.” Fifty-six percent in the survey admitted that until the time they turned 36, they were more interested in living in the moment.

As for what made people change their minds about starting to take better care of themselves, here are the list of the ten “shocking moments” that became the tipping point in their lives:

  1. Getting older
  2. I had a health scare
  3. A close relative died
  4. A warning from my doctor
  5. Seeing a shocking photo of myself
  6. A close relative fell ill
  7. A TV program about bad eating habits
  8. Negative comments about my health that hit a nerve
  9. I had a serious accident
  10.  A public health message

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