A couple from Wellingborough who have been married for more than 60 years feature in a video of couples talking about life’s happiest moments.
William (84) and Maureen (80) are one of three couples in the short film, produced by online insurance firm Beagle Street.
The company quizzed 1,000 life experts aged 70 or older about their happiest moments to mark the release of the video – called Happiest Moment – featuring some of the UK’s oldest couples passing on advice to the younger generation.
The research revealed that men are happiest at 40 whilst women hit their positive peak at 38 – citing being fit and healthy, having a great group of friends and feeling confident in their appearance as the main reasons for their bliss.
The findings show that loving relationships outweigh money and material gains with life’s top ten happiest moments dominated by friends and family.
Matthew Gledhill, managing director of Beagle Street, said: “The overwhelming message from those with the most life experience is that the key to happiness is to worry less and live in the moment with the people you care about most.
“We commissioned Happiest Moment because we want our customers to be happy as it is scientifically proven that happier people live longer.
“As much as people look to the future and try to climb career ladders, the film and our research clearly show that happiness is linked much more heavily to relationships, friends and family than societal or monetary status.”
Happiest Moment was filmed and produced by BAFTA-nominated Gary Tarn. It features Bournemouth couple Maurice (aged 102) and Helen (101) Kaye who have been married for 80 years, Betty (95) and Doug (100) Hale from Winchester who have been married for 73 years and William (84) and Maureen (80) Norman from Wellingborough, Northants who have been married for 60 years.
According to Beagle Street’s research, the top ten happiest life moments are:
1. Birth of a first child (12.3 per cent of vote)
2. Wedding day (11.5 per cent)
3. Birth of grandchildren (10 per cent)
4. Birth of another child (8.5 per cent)
5. Day of retirement (7.4 per cent)
6. Moving into a new home (6.7 per cent)
7. Seeing your child’s first steps (5.5 per cent)
8. Hearing your child’s first words (5.4 per cent)
9. Meeting the man or woman of your dreams (4.5 per cent)
10. First kiss with the man or woman of your dreams (4.4 per cent)
‘Never take the people you love for granted’ was the top piece of advice the elderly wanted to pass onto the younger generation to help them live a happier life. Other pearls of wisdom included ‘believe in yourself’ and that ‘nothing worth having comes easy’.
The top ten pieces of advice to people to live a happier life were:
1. Never take the people you love for granted
2. Believe in yourself
3. Remember what is important to you
4. Nothing worth having comes easy
5. Put your heart and soul into everything you do
6. Don’t hold grudges
7. Don’t be jealous of success
8. Stop worrying and live in the moment
9. Spend more time with your family
10. Choose your friends wisely