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Are the elderly happier than the rest of us?


Are the elderly really happier than the rest of us? Or, are some people just cranky, cantankerous and quarrelsome by nature?

The other day I emailed an elderly friend an article about old people being happy. He read it and responded:

“What! It’s not good for old people to complain? I live for complaining. Life’s a bitch and then you die.”

The article in UC San Diego Health’s  “Paradox of Aging: The Older We Get, the Better We Feel?”  starts with the common belief that the elderly are seen as sinking into debilitation of body and mind. However, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Stanford University found that

“Even in the midst of physical or cognitive decline, individuals in our study reported feeling that their well-being had improved with age.”

Below is the link to the complete article.

So tell me. Are you an elderly person who feels you have aged successfully?

Are the elderly people you know cranky or companionable?

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