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At what age, acting your age is appropriate?



Ankur Gautam - General Manager- Human Resources at KDS Services Private Ltd.


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It is clinically proven that people who feel and act younger are healthier and much more mentally fit than those who act their age. They have a higher mental ability than others. These people, regardless of their age, are capable of balancing fun and personal accountability.

Steven E. Mock and Richard P. Eibach of the University of Waterloo and authors of a new study examining the relationship between attitude and ageing. They noted that people who have a subjective age (the age they feel they are) below their chronological age experienced health benefits far beyond those who felt their age.The team examined data on ageing adults that were collected over ten years from the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS). The participants were interviewed at the onset of the study (Wave 1), and again at the end of the study (Wave 2). The researchers found that at Wave 1, 86% of the respondents had a subjective age lower than their actual age. At Wave 2, that number dropped to 83%. “Foraging attitudes, approximately 16% felt that quality of life was better for those in their 20s compared to those in their 60s, 20% felt that quality of life was the same whether people were in their 20s or 60s, and 64% rated the quality of life for those in their 60s higher than those in their 20s,” said the team. Additionally, at both Waves, lower subjective age forecast higher life satisfaction.

According to the study, those who are unworried about their age have higher satisfaction with life. Acting your age causes people to be more worried about their actions, and to cultivate distinct interpretations to assess every predicament that comes into their lives, making their lives more monotonous and melancholy than those who take lives easier and cherish every second that crosses their path. It's acceptable if you don't act your age if you can be judicious and conscientious when the situation demands it. Where you are in life determines how you act your age. Let's discuss how it affects both our personal and professional lives.

First and foremost, we must understand what it means to act your age, which means not acting younger than we are. When you believe in this concept, you may find it difficult to cope with people younger than you because they may see contrasts between you and them. When they are around people who act their age, they think twice before expressing themselves to avoid any unpleasant interactions. Managing people, whether on a personal or professional level, can be difficult at times. Belief in the age factor causes mental and physical health problems in the long run.You only think about those things that are related to life, career, and family, and you suppress your interests, passions, and hobbies by implying that you are too old to enjoy them. You give up activities that usually bring you joy for the sake of pretending to be emotionally stable by acting your age. Age issues in today's generation may lead to variation and distance among members of the family. Your young kids may prefer the distance from you because your attitude prevents them from discussing and sharing problems that are commonly comprehended by their peers.

As time passes, you develop irrational and unneeded aspirations of yourself because you start believing that as you get closer to retirement, you must spend more time to construct your future, and this mode of thinking will eventually lead to anxiety, cardiovascular problems, and mental distress, among other things, and take you away from your life today. It is widely assumed that those who do not act their age are not serious about life and thus cannot be held accountable or trusted before making major decisions. Understanding the relationship between your age and the experience you gain are two distinct matters.

Someone in their 50s may not have had a bitter or positive life experience, whereas someone in their 30s may have seen all of life's ups and downs and learned how to live and manage things in difficult circumstances. Someone achieves the pinnacle of achievement early in life, whereas someone else does not until later. So, why do we go to such lengths to live our lives as if we were younger when situations come that we are ill-equipped to handle? While acting like a teenager isn't always a terrible thing, in a demanding or stressful scenario, you should be reasonable and responsible. This age game can be mastered by someone who knows when and how to react.

We work with a multigenerational workforce in our professional lives, and our approach to acting based on age may become a barrier to connecting with other generations. If you are younger, hence you must be ready to learn skills and qualities from your superiors to gain knowledge, but there is no need of acting according to his age, so keep yourself unchanged, as each age has its significance and characteristics. Young talent must complete tasks diligently and with onus, and this is enough to demonstrate that they can be trusted with any important task, and they do not need to wear a serious appearance. When it comes to elderly people, they should be open to welcome and ideas, views and traits are followed or in trend in the industry to step up parallel with society. It does not mean that they should chill out like youngsters all the time; it is all about understanding their perception and respecting their lifestyle. We cannot sideline this fact that those people who do not feel their age, explore more opportunities in every field of life.

In today's corporate culture, companies prefer people who can work in a team and mix well with people of various ages. In areas such as communication, viewpoint, and team cohesion, the ideology of acting your age may create a barrier between you and the rest of the staff.It is clinically proven that people who feel and act younger are healthier and much more mentally fit than those who act their age. They have a higher mental ability than others. These people, regardless of their age, are capable of balancing fun and personal accountability.


The perception of ageing complicates matters; consider how the stereotype of ageing influences hiring practices and, in some cases, impedes career advancement in specific industries and occupations. Companies are concerned about issues of inclusivity when hiring any elderly candidate in the workplace. People with young hearts have fewer health issues associated with ageing, such as neurotic, memory loss, and cardio-diseases; on the other hand, people who feel older than their physical health may have serious health problems.Feeling young and acting one's age are both important, but only when the situation requires it. People in the 30-35 age group have more social and professional responsibilities to manage, but that doesn't mean they can't enjoy life as much as young people. Your happy go lucky nature has nothing to do with your serious approach to life. A cheerful mind allows you to be more productive at work and at home.