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Happiness Rises with Age

Happiness Rises with Age On one of my recent posts I discussed happiness and aging and how happiness rises with age. There is a persistent myth that life gets more difficult with age and I touched upon new studies that indicated that our live actually grow happier after we pass the mid-forties.

My own experience backs up the theory that grumpiness and old age is a myth because when I think of my own grandparents, they always seemed content with life, and made me feel loved and happy whenever we were together.

As I wrote about Morgan Freeman’s approach to life that, “You have to reach for the happiness in your life,” I wanted to see if there were any studies or tips to could help everyone connect to their inner happiness.

In an article by Kyrsty Hazell, published in the “Huffington Post UK,” I found her “Instant happiness tips you can try now, by Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Lesley McCall,” and thought I would pass them along to you:

Pretend
If you embody happiness you might be surprised that it can make you feel happy in reality. Using the body language of happiness convinces your unconscious that you are actually happy.

Sing
Get rid of your worries and negative thoughts by singing them – preferably in the most operatic and overly dramatic way possible! If you can make a problem sound funny, it’s harder to be anxious about it.

Laugh
It might sound obvious, but when you watch something funny, the mirror neurons in your brain copies what you’re watching, giving you an instant feel-good boost.

Count your blessings (literally)
Count your blessings, out loud. Take five minutes to list all the things that are good and positive in your life at the top of your voice so you can hear them loud and clear. You might be surprised how many there are. Continue reading here…

In her article Kyrsty referenced a study done by researchers at the University of Warwick , which examined the lifestyle and health markers more than 10,000 people in both the US and UK. One of the researchers, Dr Kandal Ngianga-Bakwin, was quoted as saying:

“It’s obvious that people’s physical quality of life deteriorates as they age, but what is interesting is that their mental wellbeing doesn’t also deteriorate – in fact it increases.”

“We suggest this could be due to better coping abilities where older people tend to have internal mechanisms to deal better with hardship or negative circumstances than those who are younger.

“It could also be due to lowering of expectations from life, with older people less likely to put pressure on themselves in the personal and professional spheres.”

Which is in agreement with the research findings, published in the Journal of Social Sciences and Medicine, by Andrew Oswald and David Blanchflower, found that all people followed a happiness curve was “U” shaped rather that the classic bell curve.

The Warwick research also seems to support finding done at the Stanford Center on Longevity and research done at Northeastern University’s Lifespan Emotional Development Lab , by  Derek Isaacowitz.

All of these studies suggest that happiness rises with age. I can I conclude anything but that the best is yet to come.

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