How Happy Are You?

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Filed Under: Heart Health, General Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You would think that the older you get, the more vulnerable to heartbreak and unhappiness you become—but research has shown just the opposite.  University of Chicago sociologist Yang Yang has found that older people are happier.

Dr Yang analyzed more than 28,000 General Social Surveys, conducted from 1972 to 2004 by the National Opinion Research Center, with Americans ranging in age from 18 to their 90s, and found that “with age comes happiness.”

As a practicing cardiologist, I have found this to be very true. Even through cardiovascular problems, heart attack and stroke, poor blood circulation, and worries about cholesterol guidelines and heart risk factors, I find that my older patients seem to have a higher level of contentment than younger people.

Dr. Yang’s analysis provides scientific support for the notion that people develop a more mature outlook on life as they get older, which affects how they view their place in the world. She found that although there were ups and downs in happiness that generally corresponded to good and bad economic times, older Americans were consistently the happiest.

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