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Happiness Comes With Age, Study Reveals
Yahoo!News.com ^ | May 18, 2010 | Rachael Rettner

Posted on 05/18/2010 10:01:10 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012

Life looks a little rosier after 50, a new study finds. Older people in their mid- to late-50s are generally happier, and experience less stress and worry than young adults in their 20s, the researchers say.

The results, based on a Gallup phone survey from 2008 of more than 340,000 Americans, held even after the researchers accounted for factors that could have contributed to differences in well-being with age, such as whether the participants were married, had children at home or were employed.

So if having a partner and getting rid of the kids aren't responsible for the uptick in happiness and general life satisfaction with age, then what is? More studies will be needed to find out, the researchers say.

"That can be based on social things, on societal things, on biological things; and for us that is the big question," study researcher Arthur Stone, a psychologist at Stony Brook University in N.Y.

Two ways to look at life

The findings agree with previous work showing well-being varies with age. And some studies have narrowed things down to suggest that happiness comes with being old, male and Republican.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: aging; happiness; psychology; seniors

1 posted on 05/18/2010 10:01:10 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
More studies will be needed to find out, the researchers say.

Well. I didn't see that coming!

2 posted on 05/18/2010 10:03:15 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: ilovesarah2012

Getting closer to leaving this world and going home.


3 posted on 05/18/2010 10:04:27 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: ilovesarah2012

Well, if the converse holds, it explains why all the 20-somethings I meet are complete @ssholes.


4 posted on 05/18/2010 10:04:53 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the five of the five is the two of the one.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Happiness Comes With Age, if you can keep the feds from taxing all your money Study Reveals.


5 posted on 05/18/2010 10:04:53 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: ilovesarah2012

Old Fart-hood, the cure for teenage angst.


6 posted on 05/18/2010 10:05:41 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: ilovesarah2012
"happiness comes with being old, male and Republican."

Gee. 0bummer gonna hate that. See tagline.

7 posted on 05/18/2010 10:05:48 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("young people, African-Americans, Latinos and women; teabaggers"-0 Ageist Racist Sexist Homophobic)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“If you 20 and not a liberal, you have to heart.....if 40 and not a conservative, you have no brain...”

Churchill


8 posted on 05/18/2010 10:05:54 AM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance.)
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To: Crim

To/No. der


9 posted on 05/18/2010 10:06:27 AM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Moving forward, this will no longer be true. EVERYONE will be less happy.. Younger folks will be paying through the nose for everything.. nationalized health care and higher taxes on everything due to national debt. Older folks will have to work through their senior years to make ends meet (that is if they don’t DIE QUICKLY because of rationed health care. The days of the FAT PIGGY BANK and 6-digit pensions and 401K’s are OVER.


10 posted on 05/18/2010 10:08:14 AM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: ilovesarah2012

Experience teaches us that 99.9% of the things we worry about never happen, and we never see the real disasters coming. Moral: worry and anxiety are pointless.


11 posted on 05/18/2010 10:08:57 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: ilovesarah2012

happiness comes with being old, male and Republican.

You bet!...You’ve paid your dues. You can tell everybody to go to hell and not feel guilty anymore!


12 posted on 05/18/2010 10:09:37 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I think the same can be said for females.


13 posted on 05/18/2010 10:10:44 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Trade offs. I’m much more stable, and in my opinion, a better person than when I was younger. However, I’ve lost a bit in terms of energy and drive.

I think a competitive, energetic, driven individual will not be happy. They aren’t satisfied, not content. A driven person can, at times, be objectionable to be around. But, they achieve.

That’s why a company needs both older and younger employees, if they can do it.

All of this seems logical to me. Why there is research about this, well, that’s just stealing.


14 posted on 05/18/2010 10:11:01 AM PDT by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

“happiness comes with being old, male and Republican.”....

I’ll drink to that!....


15 posted on 05/18/2010 10:11:10 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: ilovesarah2012

Of course!...goes without saying!


16 posted on 05/18/2010 10:11:42 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: ilovesarah2012

Republicans are happier by definition. Liberals are miserable all the time....


17 posted on 05/18/2010 10:12:53 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: ClearCase_guy

This thought the secret to happiness in old age was having all your enemies die before you do..........


18 posted on 05/18/2010 10:14:14 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

True


19 posted on 05/18/2010 10:21:07 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Happiness comes with age because we finally see an end to the road and are wise enough to know this planet is a screwed up mess and mostly misery ... but hey, I’m just saying ...


20 posted on 05/18/2010 10:25:29 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: ilovesarah2012

I turned 55 when Obama took over in ‘09, instead of looking forward to a nice happy retirement ahead, all I can think of is this SOB stealing the future from me, my kids and grandkids, and what is left of America when he and his minions get through crapping on it.


21 posted on 05/18/2010 10:27:06 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: broken_arrow1

Obama is way beyond toast!....I can see November from my house.


22 posted on 05/18/2010 10:31:15 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: the invisib1e hand

As I approach old(er) age, I’m increasingly finding that I don’t care about a great many things that some people think are a Great Big Deal.

Children care about far too many things these days. And they’ve been indoctrinated to tell us all just how much they care about every little thing.

Increasingly, I find myself telling kids to STFU, because one of the things I truly no longer care about is what young skulls full of tapioca pudding think about anything. I don’t care what they think about the weather, much less the climate. I don’t care what they think about politics, because they can’t answer even basic questions about the Constitution or structure of US Government.

They’re just noisy blobs of glorious stupidity and ignorance. And as such, until they a) at least rent a clue, and b) learn how to use said clue, anything that comes out of their pieholes is noise.


23 posted on 05/18/2010 10:35:42 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: NVDave

Me, too.

I’m not sure if I’m happier, or I just don’t give a sh*t anymore.


24 posted on 05/18/2010 10:38:26 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Retired Greyhound

The only thing I want to see is all those damn radicals go down in flames at the voting booth in November. I have been sick of them since the Viet Nam War!!


25 posted on 05/18/2010 10:41:45 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: ilovesarah2012

To be this happy & 16 again!!!!!!!!!!!!


26 posted on 05/18/2010 10:45:52 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: ClearCase_guy
More studies will be needed to find out, the researchers say.

Well. I didn't see that coming!

Ain't that the truth! It seems that every announcement of a medical finding has the disclaimer along the lines of "More studies are needed."

27 posted on 05/18/2010 10:55:56 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

bttt


28 posted on 05/18/2010 10:56:26 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ilovesarah2012

To hear my mother-in-law complain and hear things that some Dr. Oz said (sex is not enjoyable after 40), I was ready to end it all at 40. Thankfully, I am related to people who made(make) the most of their golden years.


29 posted on 05/18/2010 10:58:54 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: HungarianGypsy

Sex is not enjoyable after 40? LOL Don’t believe it.


30 posted on 05/18/2010 11:13:18 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Depends on who is over 40 I guess.


31 posted on 05/18/2010 11:15:15 AM PDT by Diggity
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To: ilovesarah2012
I'm a poster child for "Tis a shame youth is wasted on the young". I'm smarter, wiser and more clear-headed than when I was in perpetual testosterone mode.
Happier? If by "happy" we mean a lack of worry and anxiety then, yes, I am. The downside for me at this age now is that I'm so damned ugly! But my honey loves me anyway so it cancels out, I guess.
32 posted on 05/18/2010 12:36:12 PM PDT by phredo53 (Caution: This post does not comply with White House standards.)
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To: NVDave
Children care about far too many things these days.

Mostly themselves.

33 posted on 05/19/2010 5:06:46 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the five of the five is the two of the one.)
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