Are you feeling bad about yourself?
Why, you must be under the age of 52.
According to a survey conducted by the folks at Special K (yes, the same cereal company that contributes to the widespread cultural belief that women shouldn’t feel good about themselves unless they’re skinny by airing commercials about ladies who lose weight by eating their brand), women start to feel the happiest and the best about their bodies two years after turning fifty. The cause, they say, likely has to do with getting to know yourself better as you age, and giving less of a fuck about the things you’re not naturally good at (and also, perhaps, ignoring obnoxious cereal commercials):
London-based psychologist Rebekah Fensome attributes the verdict to women feeling most secure in themselves by the time they reach their fifties: “A woman in her 50s knows who she is, what her strengths are and values, as well as her weaknesses and failings…You become more accepting of the things that you are good at and the things that you are not.”
So if you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s now and you’re feeling crappy about yourself, fret not — the best years are yet to come.