It Gets Better, Or At Least You Think It Does
Aging is hard on the body, but it can be kind to the mind. A new study by researchers at Florida State University College of Medicine suggests that age brings increasing happiness to most of us, contrary to the indications of several earlier studies. A news release from the Association for Psychological Science reports that when the researchers looked at data on well-being from several thousand people over 30 years, older adults appeared to have lower levels of well-being than younger and middle-aged adults. But we knew that. Or thought we did. The researchers then analyzed the same data while taking into account when people were born, and a different trend appeared: among people born in the same year, life satisfaction increased over the participants’ lifetimes. This trend remained even after factors like health, medication, sex, ethnicity, and education were taken into account. Sound confusing? Read the study here.