While it may not make sense to everyone, researchers at HSBC say it is true that a person must age in order to be happier. According to HSBC’s survey on happiness and aging, people are the happiest between the ages of 60 and 80. Many young people associate retirement age ranges with deteriorating health, but this is not always the case. People who are in their 60s and 70s can enjoy good health by adopting an overall healthy lifestyle.
They also typically enjoy a better standard of living, but these factors are only small pieces of the entire puzzle. External factors play very little part in overall happiness, which is just a natural result of aging. Scientists say that as people age, the negative feelings naturally occurring within a human being decrease. When they do appear, they do not stay as long as they do in younger people.
Levels of happiness vary from one person to another. A person’s genetics and his or her parents’ genetics both play a big part in determining happiness. Health is also an issue, and people who are very ill are not as happy as people who enjoy good health. While this is true for all age groups, frail older adults tend to have a better morale than younger adults who are frail.
Experts say that older adults may be able to stay happier due to their abilities to make the best of the time they have. When people know that their years are limited and are constantly decreasing, they tend to avoid the things that make them angry, stressed or upset. In addition to this, they tend to focus on what makes them happy and the people who are important to them.
The researchers also said that aging affects brain function. Imaging results showed that the brains of older people do not react as strongly to negative feelings over a short period of time. Their conclusion was that an improved life outlook is due to several perspective changes and changes to the part of the brain where emotions are processed. As people age, they also place less importance on obtaining money. It only seems to be an important issue to people who are struggling financially, but people who have a steady income stream tend to adapt accordingly with their lifestyles.
Researchers also said that it helps for older people to remain active in social circles and with physical exercise. All activities should be things that add quality, value or good feelings to life. Volunteering, joining an exercise class, joining a social club or looking for a second career are some good examples. These activities keep the brain sharp and promote better overall happiness. Learning to appreciate life and value remaining time are the keys to choosing activities that are optimal for individual happiness and health.