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If Happiness Comes With Age?

Ageing brings wrinkles, sagging bodies and frustrating forgetfulness. We can’t run, or even walk, as fast as we used to. It is inevitable. But getting older is not all bad for many people. A recent poll concluded that by any measure, people get happier and experience a greater sense of well-being as they grow older.

It could probably be older people are better in controlling their emotions than younger people. Or it might have something to do with nostalgia, the idea that older people remember fewer negative memories and so are happier. Besides, older people might focus less on what they have or what have not achieved, and more on how to get the most out of the rest of their lives.

The fact is older people are increasingly aware that the time thay have left is growing shorter. Perhaps, one lesson from looking at how older people achieve emotional stability is that not every battle needs  to be fought. Sometimes it is better to let an argument slide rather than dwell on it, or to avoid confrontation.

On the other hand, music can have an enormous influence on our state of mind (it can make you feel melancholy as well as happy) As a matter of fact, studies show that listening to a choice of music during medical procedures could even lower a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety level.

Most people desire happiness. How about you, do you feel like getting happier? Do you think old age is where the most life satisfaction is? I believe it may all boil down to attitude is everything. Although it is helpful to focus on the positives, to count our blessings, and to remind ourselves of what makes us happy, it is equally important to pay attention to what is undermining our unhappiness as well.

“Do not fail to do what ought to be done,
and do not do what ought not to be done.
Otherwise, your burden of suffering will grow heavier.”
The Dhammapada.

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2 Comments

  1. buttercup600 says:

    Youth is a gift…Age is an art:) Loved your blog.

  2. Everything boils down to attitude! Loved your post, Michael (which is really no surprise, all your posts are great!)

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