There is this general idea that older people are unhappy and grumpy, but a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry suggests that older people are happier than younger adults.
Researchers from San Diego have analyzed data from a random sample of more than 1,500 people, who were between 21 and 99 years old. Participants of the study filled out a survey about their physical, mental and cognitive health. Some of the survey’s questions were about stress, depression, and anxiety.
Many believe that happiness throughout the lifespan has a U-shape curve. Still, even though older people are more likely to be physically limited than younger people, they tend to be more content with their life than young adults.
Young adults have the highest level of stress, depression and anxiety and the lowest level of wellbeing and happiness. After teenage years, the real life begins, and it usually goes along with a lot of stress. The author of the study, Dr. Dilip Jeste, says that young adults “are looking at others and always feeling bad that you’re not succeeding like some of them.”
Some experts suggest that life for older people is now easier than it used to be and young adults today go through more stress than they did a few decades ago.
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Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija