Does your emotional well-being improve with age? When are you happier: morning or the evening?

Research has shown that happiness in older years is generally higher. In a 2014 study conducted by English and Carstensen (see reference below), older adults reported more positive emotions in low arousal positive emotions (low arousal states are defined as: happy, content, calm relaxed) during the entire day vs. younger adults.  Younger participants felt more negative in the evening.

There was little age difference in those who were in high arousal negative emotions (high arousal negative states were defined as: anger, anxiety or sadness).

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Figures from the Engilsh and Carstensen article referenced below.

 

So the research does seem to  support that “we are more mellow as we age”.   Think about your emotions, are you happier in the morning or evening?  Are you happier than you were when you were younger?   It good to be us, isn’t it?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3944144/pdf/fpsyg-05-00185.pdf

Author: turning60andbeyond

Sandi Feaster is a registered nurse and health educator. She has worked in the corporate world as well as taken care of people with chronic health conditions. Sandi is convinced that we can improve our lives by educating ourselves and learning how we can curate the life we want. It may seem simple, but exercise and eating healthy food is the foundation of a longer, healthier and engaged life.

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