At What Age Are We the Happiest?
If you want to be happier and less stressed, just keep having birthdays. When it comes to happiness, the senior years may very well be the golden years--even though older adults suffer far more physical health issues and problems with memory and thinking than do younger adults, reports HealthDay News.
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The study: Led by Dr. Dilip Jeste, director of the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of California, San Diego, the team surveyed more than 1,500 San Diego-area adults, ages 21 to 99 about their mental well-being and levels of stress.
- On average, people become happier and less stressed as they grow older. Why? It's called perspective--the wisdom that comes from life experience. As people gain a better sense of what matters, they are less likely to sweat the small things.
- Those in their 20s and 30s reported the highest levels of stress, depression and anxiety. To a certain extent this is to be expected, as they build their careers, buy homes and start families. In addition, this is an age when people can feel intense peer pressure.
- Facebook contributes to the unhappiness of young adults, who can be upset by not receiving what they perceive to be enough "likes" for their photos and posts. Why? The approval of others is vitally important at this age.
- While genetics play a definite role--that is, some people are just naturally happier than others--there are factors you can change and attitudes you can cultivate for more happiness.
The study findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
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