New study says old people are happier

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Boing Boing linked to an interesting study today from the University of Michigan. After researchers polled adults in their twenties and adults in their sixties, the results showed that the older population was happier. These results were published in the Journal of Happiness Studies. Here's what the Michigan Health System had to say:

 "Overall, people got it wrong, believing that most people become less happy as they age, when in fact this study and others have shown that people tend to become happier over time," says lead author Heather Lacey, Ph.D., a VA postdoctoral fellow and member of the U-M Medical School's Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine. "Not only do younger people believe that older people are less happy, but older people believe they and others must have been happier 'back then'. Neither belief is accurate..."

"People's happiness results more from their underlying emotional resources -- resources that appear to grow with age. People get better at managing life's ups and downs, and the result is that as they age, they become happier -- even though their objective circumstances, such as their health, decline."

This still doesn't make me want to grow old.

Here's an article about the study.

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June 13, 2006 - 6:46am
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