According to a recent study reported by Susan Turk Charles , PhD, of the University of California, Irvine, at the 117th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, emotional happiness improves with age.
“We know that older people are increasingly aware that the time they have left in life is growing shorter,” said Charles. “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.”
Research shows that older adults exert greater emotional control than younger adults, meaning that older adults are more likely to actively avoid or limit negative, stressful situations than do younger adults. “Life expectancy changed because people changed the way they lived,” said Laura Carstensen, PhD, psychology professor at Stanford University and 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.
How to Achieve Happiness all Throughout Retirement
New Information From Multiple Studies May Shock You!
AS Seen in “AARP THE MAGAZINE” November 2011 Issue
“The American Psychological Association, recently published an analysis of multiple studies. Researchers from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand analyzed questionnaires from 420,000 people in 63 countries. “Having the freedom to change careers or pursue our passions makes us happier than does a hefty bank account.” “So while wealth can provide you with more choices; it is really having the ability to realize your dreams that leads to greater happiness,” says study coauthor Ronald Fischer, Ph.D.”
As a young boy I was privileged to live in various colonies of retired Americans all throughout Mexico. I learned early on the importance of performing creative work in retirement for compensation or not. In my view discovering one’s passion (s) and making it one’s life’s work all throughout retirement is personally meaningful; sometimes profound. This notion has now been validated in these recent studies.
Lifestyle Is Main Influence on a Sharp Mind
A study, conducted by research teams in the UK and Australia, combined DNA analysis with data from around 2,000 participants who were asked to take intelligence tests at age 11, and again aged 65 to 79. The study, funded by the charity Age UK, is published in the journal, Nature.”
“The way in which a person’s mind ages, is largely down to lifestyle factors, not genetics. Researchers found genetic factors only account for 24% of changes in intelligence, suggesting environmental factors have the biggest influence on whether a person’s mind remains sharp in old age.”