Here are 10 facts about aging that will cheer you up (and perhaps give you pause).
1. You are probably going to be happy.
In 2008 a Gallup survey was done with more than 340,000 participants ranging in age from 18 to 85.
The participants were asked questions about their sense of well-being – satisfaction with life in general and whether they had recently experienced joy – happiness – stress and sadness.
The results should make anyone fearing old age a bit less afraid.
Happiness it turns out is a U-shaped curve.
A study based on the survey – published in 2010 – told us we are quite happy when we are young; we steadily become less happy as we age; and by the time we hit 50 – as life’s issues take their toll – we feel at our lowest.
But then like a tree flowering in spring we gradually start to get happier.
We worry less – get angry less often – are less sad and experience joy and happiness more than we have since we were teenagers.
By the time we are 85 we are happier than when we were 18.