“Every age has its happiness and troubles,” famous French uber-centenarian Jeanne Calment once said. And every age, quite literally, looks at happiness and troubles in different ways. For that nugget of wisdom, we can tip our hats to Derek Isaacowitz.
In the early 90s, Isaacowitz worked as a research assistant to Laura Carstensen while pursuing undergraduate studies at Stanford University. Carstensen is a renowned field expert in the study of aging who’s forged significant new ground in the link between aging and happiness. As she writes in her book “A Long Bright Future,” one of the biggest myths about aging is that older people are unhappy and lonely. “I’ve spent the last thirty years investigating the psychology of aging,” Carstensen writes, ” and my research consistently shows that, in terms of emotion, the best years come late in life. Older people as a group suffer less from depression, anxiety, and substance abuse than their younger counterparts.”
SOURCE: Debra Ollivier, “Why people may be happier as they age”, The Huffington Post Blog 8 March 2012