What’s Behind the Phenomenon of Aging and Happiness?

Research shows that older adults are happier because they focus and remember positive events and leave behind negative ones. This process helps them control their emotions and see life in a more positive light. Researchers have found that as people age, they are more likely to seek out situations that will lift their moods and are more willing to let go of loss and disappointment. However, there needs to be more research on this topic. “It won’t be easy to say old people are happier,” says Derek Isaacowitz, psychologist at Northeastern University. “But even if they’re happier on average, we still want to know in what situations does this particular strategy make this particular person with these particular qualities or strengths feel good.”
January 9, 2012, Medicaldaily.com

Written By: Christine Hsu

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