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Well-being of adults

Well-being of adults

  • Studies show that most adults' happiness declines through their 30s and 40s, then hit a low in their early 50s.
  • After that, studies show that, in wealthier countries, most people's contentment starts to increase again in their 50s, until about age 70.
  • After 70, some people stay happy, while others get happier until death.
  • Men, in particular, see their happiness decrease after age 75.
  • Researchers set out to find what drives the unhappiness of people after age 75. In short, it is irrelevance.
  • Senior citizens who seldom feel useful are nearly three times as likely as those who frequently feel useful to develop a mild disability.

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Acceptance of the natural cadence of our abilities allows the shifting of attention to higher spiritual and life priorities.

Some people have managed their declines well.

Current achievements provide happiness, but the memory of past accomplishments do not appear to produce long-lasting happiness.

Many wealthy people keep on working to increase their wealth far beyond what they could possibly spend. They often do it because they get a sense of self-worth from it. However, focusing on acquisition leads to attachment and vanity, which derails the search for happiness.

It is the idea that if you reach professional heights and are deeply invested in being high up, you can suffer greatly when you inevitably decline.

  • Fluid intelligence is the ability to reason, analyze, and solve unique problems. It is highest in early adulthood and diminishes in one's 30s and 40s.
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