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The older we are the happier we are?

There’s a lot of evidence proving that the older we get, the happier we get.

*** this article was shared by NeuroGym Blog ***

A Gallup telephone poll of 340,000 people across the nation showed that happiness comes with age. However, the poll didn’t uncover the cause of this phenomenon.

Dr. Arthur A. Stone, a professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was the lead author of a study based on the Gallup survey. He speculated on the causes for this happiness.

“It could be that there are environmental changes, or it could be psychological changes about the way we view the world, or it could even be biological – for example, brain chemistry or endocrine changes,” Stone said.

The telephone survey included people between 18 and 85. The survey showed that people start out at age 18 feeling pretty good. However, they feel progressively worse until they hit 50. At that point, people begin getting happier as they age. By the time they are 85, they are even more satisfied with themselves than they were at 18.

Why are older people happier? Here are some theories.

Older people are happier because they have:

• a deeper appreciation of the value of life;
• a feeling of fulfillment;
• a greater ability to handle life’s challenges;
• fewer aspirations and expectations of themselves;
• the ability to live in the present and not worry about the future;
• the wisdom to know they can’t please everyone all the time; and
• an inclination to see situations more positively.

A University of Chicago study also showed that happiness increases with age. The researchers asked a cross section of Americans how happy they were.

The question was administered in face-to-face interviews of population samples that ranged from about 1,500 to 3,000.

The Chicago researchers theorized that older people are happier because with age come positive psychosocial traits, such as self-integration and self-esteem; these signs of maturity could contribute to a better sense of overall well-being. (SOURCE)

“Older people are better able to recognize what will bother them, and better able to negotiate their environment,” said Susan Turk Charles, a psychologist at the University of California, Irvine.

The study looked at people’s positive and negative emotions over the course of 23 years, and compared participants by age group. Researchers found that teenagers most frequently reported negative emotions, while octogenarians seemed to feel the least negative.

This is good news, right?

Maybe as we age, we discover the secret to life. Maybe older, wiser people already know that if you send out good thoughts and intentions to the universe, the universe will give you good things in return.

Positive thoughts attract happiness, and, similarly, negative thoughts attract bad situations and fuel existing worries and negativity.

So why not start while you’re still young? You can use this law to your advantage. All it takes is focused concentration and positive thinking.

Ready for a life filled with happiness?

A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.

Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.

diana beam

I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.

For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.



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