In the wake of a newly written and published study, psychology and sociology experts believe that adults who are in the later stages of their lives are overall happier than people in the twenties. A quantifiable less amount of stress is also found in the older generations.The data still holds water even though physical health issues, sometimes coupled with mental problems affect the older generations.
Experts have yet to fully discover the reasons why young people are overall unhappy and more stressed. However, many speculate that older generations benefit from the wisdom of their life experience while the younger generations feel burdened by the expectations placed on them.
The broad study surveyed hundreds of individuals from all walks of life in the United States. Researchers gathered data from people between the ages of 21 and 99, making it one of the most diverse completed age studies in the past five years.
Older Generations And The Key To Happiness
The study revealed that one of the main sources of stress present in the younger generations is closely linked to the amount of expectations they perceive is placed on them. The general need of social approval and collective belonging weighs down and burdens the perception of young people.
Almost everything in their life has a high degree of importance because their mentality focuses in the now. On average, younger generations have a hard time in seeing the bigger picture and realizing which aspects of their life are truly important.
As individuals get older, their insight eventually reaches the point where they are able to perceive the difference between the things with little importance happening in the now, and what is truly more important in the long run.
Management of emotions receives finer tuning as age advances. People gain the perspective that lets them identify and cherish what is most important to them.
Nevertheless, the younger generations can educate themselves to take it easy and not sweat the small things. Practicing meditation, taking a self-help course, or even just spending time with the older generation can greatly help put things into perspective.
The study demonstrates that older generations are overall happier but that does not mean that they do not still have their problems. Issues to do with physical health, thinking and speaking, as well as an overall feeling of loneliness and lack of usefulness are predominantly present.
If there is anything that we can all take from this research, it is that the true key to happiness lies in realizing that we should not worry too much about approval and belonging, as well as the life matters which we cannot directly affect. As we transcend into the older generations, wisdom will come.