Happiness Increases with Age, UK Study Shows

by Chris Curley on March 14, 2012

Your physical quality of life may decrease with age, but your mental well-being shouldn’t, the Daily Mail reported March 11.

The older you get, the more your life satisfaction tends to increase, researchers at the University of Warwick in England find.

The older you get, the more you’ve been through and the better mechanisms you have to deal with tough times and bad circumstances, says lead author Saverio Stranges. Older people may be also be happier because they’ve stopped having unrealistic expectations about their lives and are “less likely to put pressure on themselves in the personal and professional spheres,” Stranges says.

Previous studies suggest that happiness over your lifetime follows a U-curve, bottoming out around age 45 before swinging back up again. Another survey found that 82 percent of people age 50 and older were happier with their lives at present than they were when they were younger.

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