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WHAT IS YOUR HAPPINESS? DOES OLD AGE BRING HAPPINESS? BY LISA CYPERS KAMEN

By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness

Aging brings wrinkles, sagging bodies and frustrating forgetfulness. But getting older is not all bad for many people. Mounting evidence suggests aging may be a key to happiness. It may all boil down one thing: Attitude is everything.

Why are older people happier? One reason may be that older adults remember the past through “rose colored” glasses. Research is showing that as a person’s life expectancy decreases, they might focus on what makes them feel good now rather than focusing on the negative.

Aging can bring more cheer as people become more comfortable with themselves and their role in society, according to another study published in 1989 by Walter R. Gove, professor of sociology, emeritus, at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

There are conflicting views on this, however. Scientists have found that as people age, their health declines and social networks atrophy (as peers die), which can make the elderly less happy.

Even if one does succumb to age’s dark side, health and happiness don’t always go hand-in-hand. It’s all about attitude. It can be because of the era a person was born.

It also comes down to expectations and how you compare with your peers, too. For example, say you used to get the best food or clothing, spending a lot of money for those items, and now in your older age, you can only afford the basic necessities. Individuals who adapt the best to changes also have the highest expected levels of happiness.

Information and some direct quotes taken from “Does Old Age Bring Happiness or Despair?” –  www.livescience.com/culture/aging-happiness-100404.html

Independent filmmaker, author, happiness coach and speaker Lisa Cypers Kamen creates these blogs to entertain, enlighten and educate us as we each undertake our own personal search for happiness and shares them with http://www.motherhoodincorporated.  Happiness is an Inside Job. To contact Lisa, email her directly at lisa@whatisyourhappiness.com and check out her websites at www.whatisyourhappiness.com & www.harvestinghappiness.com and listen to her on http://toginet.com/shows/harvestinghappiness or download her show at www.itunes.com.

Harvesting Happiness with Lisa Cypers Kamen brings to the airwaves a fresh talk radio approach promoting happiness, well-being and global human flourishing by presenting a diverse and proactive collection of the greatest thinkers and doers who have devoted their lives to creating a better world in which to live.

Weekly on www.toginet.com Wednesday’s at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST

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