All of the chronic health problems, age-related slowdowns, sadness about growing old, caregiving for family members, and generalized fears about Alzheimer’s disease may not be making us that unhappy, according to a May 31, 2010, New York Times article, Happiness May Come With Age, Study Says. The article describes research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Boston.com also noted the research in a June 1, 2010, news report, With Years Come Happiness, A Study Suggests. Both articles, written by Nicholas Bakalar, describe a Gallup poll finding that people seem to get happier after age 50. An abstract to the published journal article, A Snapshot of the Age Distribution of Psychological Well-being In the United States, is available.
As always, more study is needed, but what fun for aging/adult children to think about increasing happiness as we age.