This Is the Age When Americans Really Feel the Best About Their Looks

toothbrush-miror_300Here’s some good news about your (literally) beautiful future: According to a recent survey, people ages 65 years and older are more confident about their looks than any other age group.

As part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, researchers interviewed more than 80,000 U.S. adults to find that 66% of Americans age 65 and older “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that they always felt good about their physical appearance. Compare that to 61% of 18- to -34-year olds, and just 54% of 35- to 64-year olds.

At just about every age, men reported feeling better about their looks than women. The biggest gap is at age 18-24, when 69% of men feel good, compared with 57% of women—but that 12 point difference shrinks by retirement age: 64% of men vs. 60% of women.

And while 55% of white people generally feel good about their physical appearance, more than two-thirds of blacks and Hispanics reported the same.

For the full report, click here.

Looking to boost your own confidence? Experts give their best tips here.


  1. Kathleen Clohessy

    Reblogged this on Wellness Journaling and commented:
    Feeling good about yourself is important to overall happiness and well-being. Although looks aren’t everything, it’s a nice surprise to learn that many people feel better about what they see in the mirror the older they get. Perhaps this is because experience teaches us that no one is perfect — not even the celebrities we wee on TV. Or maybe we just relax as we age, finally freed from the biological imperative of finding a mate. Either way, it would seem to be a good thing.

    July 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm

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