Study Shows Older People Are Happier

by michellerogers on August 21, 2009

I loved reading about the study below and it is a reminder to me that I can be happier now and enjoy the rest of my lifetime!

People get happier as they age, and older people are better at controlling their emotions and avoiding things that make them unhappy, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

 “Life expectancy changed because people changed the way they lived,” said Dr. Laura Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. “Now that we’re here, we have to keep adapting. We are in the middle of a second revolution and it’s up to us to make adulthood itself longer and healthier.”

Susan Turk Charles of the University of California-Irvine said evidence supports the idea that, on the whole, mental health improves with age. Older people are better at controlling their emotions than younger people, and this helps them avoid negative situations, Medical News Today reports.

Charles said work by Carstensen and others suggests older people are increasingly aware that life is finite and the time they have left is shrinking.

“They want to make the best of it, so they avoid engaging in situations that will make them unhappy. They have also had more time to learn and understand the intentions of others which help them to avoid these stressful situations.”

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