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NEW YORK — If you’re one of those people who believes “it’s all downhill after turning 30,” a new study might cheer you up. It turns out most Americans believe the best year of our lives doesn’t come until age 37.

A survey of 2,000 people finds, on average, Americans believe they didn’t peak or will peak until they hit 37. So who says your twenties are your best decade? In fact, more than a third of the poll (34%) don’t think they’ll reach their peak until they’re over the age of 46! Overall, two-thirds of respondents believe their best years are still ahead of them.

Commissioned by CBDfx and conducted by OnePoll, the study also finds a direct relationship between feeling good and reaching a person’s peak potential. Six in 10 people have come to appreciate themselves more within the past year than ever before. Another 39 percent believe 2021 is already shaping up to be their peak year. Likewise, three out of four Americans have a wellness goal planned for 2021.

A better body and mind are on the agenda for 2021

Your Best Self AgeAchieving better physical health (56%), better mental health (46%), exercising more (45%), and maintaining a better diet (44%) come in as the top goals for the new year. These wellness goals are also the top-ranked markers of success for Americans in general.

More than half the poll feel like “they’ve made it” if they have better physical (56%) and mental (50%) health. Increased financial stability (52%) and being more comfortable with one’s self (46%) are also among respondents’ top measures of success.

“When people feel good about themselves, it creates a level of positivity and motivation that extends into all facets of their lives,” says Jameson Rodgers, Co-Founder of CBDfx in a statement. “The uncertainty and upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has led many people to look inward and redefine what happiness and success look like for them, whether it’s financial stability, a dream job, better physical fitness or positive mental health. Feeling like your peak self affirms all of the hard work that’s been put in over the years, so it’s only natural to look forward to this time in life – it’s an immense achievement and a sense of wholeness.”

Overall, 85 percent of Americans feel happiest when they feel good about themselves. Similarly, 80 percent believe they can achieve anything as long as they feel physically, mentally, and emotionally well.

More people using CBD to overcome obstacles

Your Best Self AgeWhen something is amiss however, it can take a heavy toll on a person’s psyche. Sixty-four percent of respondents say they’ve felt held back from success because they’re stuck in their own head. Another 60 percent blame the coronavirus pandemic for holding them back over the last year.

When things don’t go their way and they don’t feel like they are the best version of themselves, two-thirds of Americans say they’re willing to fix the present issues by any means necessary. Popular methods to overcome physical, mental, and emotional turmoil include getting a good night of sleep (48%), exercising (48%), eating a full meal (32%), and taking prescription medications (32%).

Nearly half (46%) of respondents said they use CBD products, with a third of consumers using these products a few times per week. Fifty-four percent of CBD consumers say the products have helped them manage stress and anxiety. Other popular CBD uses include managing physical pain (47%), getting to sleep (39%), and for general health (30%).

“In 2020, we saw a marked increase in new CBD consumers, as added stressors from the pandemic led customers to look for alternative and all-natural ways to boost wellness and ease anxiety,” Rodgers adds. “While researchers are still working to understand how CBD can regulate or affect our endocannabinoid system, anecdotal evidence has shown its ability to promote positive effects on the body.”

About Chris Melore

Chris Melore has been a writer, researcher, editor, and producer in the New York-area since 2006. He won a local Emmy award for his work in sports television in 2011.

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