NEW YORK TIMES: It is inevitable. The muscles weaken. Hearing and vision fade. We get wrinkled and stooped. We can’t run, or even walk, as fast as we used to. We have aches and pains in parts of our bodies we never even noticed before. We get old.

It sounds miserable, but apparently it is not. A large Gallup poll has found that by almost any measure, people get happier as they get older, and researchers are not sure why.

“It could be that there are environmental changes,” said Arthur A. Stone, the lead author of a new study based on the survey, “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.”

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2 thoughts on “GALLUP: Happiness May Come With Age

  1. There seems to be quiet a number of benefits in old age and one of my most helpful ones is that my mouth is slowing down, now at odd time my brain even gets into gear first. Oh how joyful life will be when that happens all the time.

  2. Maturity likely has much to do with it. As a person gets older he realises that he can’t personally change the world or even many minor things in it, so begins to accept them. This can lessen the anger and irritation we experience as younger people. Wisdom kicks in later and lessens the aggro.

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