Who Are Happier Today? Young Or Old?
In the modern age, people of older generations seem to be happier than the younger. Does it mean that they have lost their happiness in their busy life? Is there any link between the age and happiness?
- Who are happier?
- Researchers reveal that old age is happier
- Why modern younger generation is not so happy?
Who are happier?
A recent study, published by the Association for Psychological Science in the journal “Perspectives on Psychological Science,” says that people of older generation tend to be happier than the younger generation.
Many people think today that younger adults are happier than the older generation. But researchers reveal that it is the older generation that is happier. It is commonly believed that old age brings only pain, frustrations and health problems. But recent studies suggest that getting older brings happiness also.
Researchers reveal that old age is happier
1) A study says that old people are happier because they endured more
Karl Pillemer, professor of human development at Cornell University, and also a professor of gerontology in medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, spent more than 30 years listening to the life lessons of oldest generations. Dr. Pillemer said that the people of older generation have endured the agonies of the Depression, the Holocaust and World Wars, in addition to the experiences of their daily life. He told that in spite of such difficulties and ill health these people were often happier than younger people.
2) Another study says present old people had comparatively fewer problems
A report from the Washington Post says that, contrary to the expectations of people that older people seem to be suffering, in reality they are happier. Quoting the research report of Dr. Tom W. Smith, director of the General Social Survey of the University of Chicago, the Post said, “One important finding of the research was that people who were biologically older were happier than younger adults”. Dr. Smith told the Post that the happiness of the older generations was not due to the fact that older people are more stoic or were taught from an early age to be content in life but because they had fewer problems to face than the younger adults of modern age.
Why modern younger generation is not so happy?
3) Modern younger generation undergoes more trying situations
Researchers say that although old people do have a larger number of health problems, they tend to report far fewer difficulties of financial and interpersonal problems. But the researches continue to say that younger adults, who have less trouble with their health, seem to have many more problems of the other types of trying situations that affect their health in the long run and also make them less happy.
4) The old people are happy in their positive memories of the past
Some psychologists say that older people seem to be happier because they tend to focus on positive memories of the present and also live on the positive memories of their past. They do not seem to bother about the negative.
Dr. Derek M., psychologist of Northeastern University, says that although many researches show that people of older generation are happier than the modern younger adults, the link between the age and actual happiness is still a great mystery