Lesson 2 - Bust the Aging Myths
Myth #5 - Older People are Miserable
The belief that older people are unhappy, lonely, and dejected is one of the biggest myths of all! Studies show that in terms of emotion, the best years come late in life!
Laura Carstensen, a psychology professor, and director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, reports that as people age they’re more emotionally balanced and better able to solve emotional problems. That translates into longer, more productive lives that offer more many benefits than problems.
Carstensen reports that older people as a group suffer less from depression, anxiety, and substance abuse than younger people. They manage negative feelings better and enjoy positive feelings more.