Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Aging into happiness

A study of 1,450 people over the age of 60 in the U.S. has painted a rosy picture of older people's mental health. Previous research on emotions associated with aging has focused on negative emotions such as depression but this study found that older people felt more positive than negative emotions and more passive (contentment, calm, ease) than active ones. Women had more negative and passive emotions than men and participants with higher income and educational levels had significantly more positive emotions than less-well-educated and poorer ones.

You can read more about this research at

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