Adult children living at home with their parents are the unhappiest people in the country, according to the latest Australian Unity Wellbeing Index.
Their levels of wellbeing hit a 10-year low in 2016. In contrast, 18 to 25-year-olds moving out and living with a partner recorded the second-highest level of wellbeing.
That’s despite overall happiness hitting its highest level since 2000.
So why isn’t everyone shacked up with their parents living the good life?
Stuck in the nest
Deakin University senior research fellow Delyse Hutchinson says they’ve found three main things contribute to people’s sense of wellbeing – financial security, a sense of purpose in life and strong relationships.
Dr Hutchinson says young adults living at home may be quite keen to fly the family nest.
“However, it might be that this is getting harder for young people, with rising rental and home prices, and possible difficulties securing stable work,” she says.
At least their parents can crack a smile. The happiest Australians in the survey were those over 76 so you’ve got something to look forward to – even if the kids aren’t moving out.