The Cantril Ladder (rating life satisfaction)
This is a question that has been asked of millions of people around the world. Let's try it. We're looking for patterns and common themes. Go through the highest decade of life that applies, including partial decades (so rate your sixties so far if you're 63).

I'm also asking for just a few adjectives describing each decade. Like: fun, exhausting, stressful, ambitious, busy, complicated...

Results will be kept anonymous. Don't think too much when answering these questions. And thanks!

How old are you? *
Your answer
Your life satisfaction right now *
Please imagine a ladder with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you, and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time, assuming that the higher the step the better you feel about your life, and the lower the step the worse you feel about it? Which step comes closest to the way you feel?
Your expected life satisfaction in five years *
Using the same scale, on which step do you think you will stand about five years from now?
Using the same scale, approximately where did you stand in your twenties?
Using the same scale, approximately where did you stand in your thirties?
(Or your thirties so far.)
Using the same scale, approximately where did you stand in your forties?
(Or your forties so far.)
Using the same scale, approximately where did you stand in your fifties?
(Or your fifties so far.)
Using the same scale, approximately where did you stand in your sixties?
(Or your sixties so far.)
Using the same scale, approximately where did you stand in your seventies?
(Or your seventies so far.)
Using the same scale, approximately where did you stand in your eighties or beyond?
(Or your eighties so far.)
Please give me one, two, or three adjectives to describe life in your twenties
Your answer
Please give me one, two, or three adjectives to describe life in your thirties
Your answer
Please give me one, two, or three adjectives to describe life in your forties
Your answer
Please give me one, two, or three adjectives to describe life in your fifties
Your answer
Please give me one, two, or three adjectives to describe life in your sixties
Your answer
Please give me one, two, or three adjectives to describe life in your seventies
Your answer
Please give me one, two, or three adjectives to describe life in your eighties or beyond
Your answer
In principle, I'd be willing to do a brief interview about my responses
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