Old vs. young on happiness

January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

This quote is from Prof. Ed Diener, ‘the Jedi Master of Happiness Studies’ (David Myers).

‘As we age, we tend to experience emotions less intensely. The burning passions of our twenties subside into the warm embers of our seventies. But this is not to say that the elderly are unhappy – not by a long shot. In fact, research shows that older people are often higher than younger folks in life satisfaction, even while younger people tend to be higher in the experience of intense pleasant emotions.’
Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth, 2008:250.

That means I’m probably never going to feel as intensely about life as I do now. I’ll just get more and more ‘meh’. 😦

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