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Seniors report greater life satisfaction than younger age groups

Heather Rudow February 13, 2012

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Studies have confirmed that wisdom really does come with age, and now University of Luxembourg researchers say that it also comes with more happiness too.

The study found that when older adults are in good health, they report less negative thinking compared with other, younger age groups, which leads to greater life satisfaction.

The study consisted of 300 participants between the ages of 15 and 87 who were asked to rate their negative thoughts, depression and personal well-being. The researchers found that brooding negatively impacts life satisfaction, and participants who were 63 and older reported less brooding than younger participants.

The researchers believe that differences in the way each age group thinks affects the onset of depression: “Sufferers of negative thinking, or brooding, tend to fixate on their problems and feelings without taking action, which can intensify depressive moods and lead to the onset of depression.”

Source: University of Luxembourg

Heather Rudow is a staff writer for Counseling Today. Email her at hrudow@counseling.org.

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