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(Huffington Post)   Scientific proof that life gets better as you get older   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 131
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2014-04-10 06:54:42 PM
They left out "more money"....
 
2014-04-10 07:04:30 PM
Well, I guess I screwed that up
 
2014-04-10 07:11:56 PM
As I get older, I find there seems to be no end to the things that I would never want to do any more.  Beginning with subby's mom.

/wrong side of 50
 
2014-04-10 07:15:22 PM

LordZorch: They left out "more money"....


In that category, I am most definitely on the right side of 50.
 
2014-04-10 08:11:20 PM
Not true. Getting old socks cack if you've got chronic pain from arthritis and various other injuries. (I'm 58)
 
2014-04-10 08:33:39 PM
I think it must suck for women to get older as they lose their youth and vigor, basically the only things that give them any value.
 
2014-04-10 08:34:51 PM
This is because your senses dull and your brain function slows down.
Wonderful.
 
2014-04-10 08:36:32 PM
So you find happiness when senility sets in.
 
2014-04-10 08:36:55 PM
That article is straight up, at 53 I'm much more happier after 24 years of marriage.

/the good part about growing older is you forget more about the sad reality that's in the world
 
2014-04-10 08:38:02 PM

LordZorch: They left out "more money"....


Yup. 37 and finally have this magical thing called "disposable income" and it's glorious.

Also not giving a fark about stupid things helps.
 
2014-04-10 08:41:26 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: I think it must suck for women to get older as they lose their youth and vigor, basically the only things that give them any value.


ReverendJynxed: So you find happiness when senility sets in.


I see the optimists are well represented in this thread so I'll leave.
 
2014-04-10 08:42:01 PM
"We tend to falsely equate youth with happiness"

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Well, at 63, if I got some of this "youth", I'd be happy.  Really happy!
 
2014-04-10 08:43:35 PM
It's gets better, except for the whole "you're closer to passing away than you were when you were younger" part. In that case I'd rather be younger.
 
2014-04-10 08:44:14 PM
Yes it's just delightful, every breath closer to the icy grip of death's doom.
Every inch a step closer toward dark eternity.
Every moment another prelude to the grave.
And so on and so forth.
 
2014-04-10 08:47:16 PM
When I turned 40, my father gave me this wonderful advice:

Your 40's will be the most miserable years of your life.  There is nothing good about being 40.  However, it gets better in your 50's.

Nice to see this article basically confirms that assessment.
 
2014-04-10 08:47:30 PM
I dnrtfa, but that headline is the mother of all lies.
 
2014-04-10 08:48:49 PM
Well, I'll only find out the truth of this if the upswing on this supposed U shaped happiness curve starts kicking in before I commit suicide. There is only so much a person can put up with.
 
2014-04-10 08:49:00 PM
Happiness peaks at 69.


Sure does for me.
 
2014-04-10 08:50:10 PM
This is just the carrot they are leading us by to keep most people from killing themselves in their 30s.
 
2014-04-10 08:50:31 PM

Hector Remarkable: Yes it's just delightful, every breath closer to the icy grip of death's doom.
Every inch a step closer toward dark eternity.
Every moment another prelude to the grave.
And so on and so forth.


Ash Wednesday was two months ago, Debbie.
 
2014-04-10 08:51:50 PM

Blink: When I turned 40, my father gave me this wonderful advice:

Your 40's will be the most miserable years of your life.  There is nothing good about being 40.  However, it gets better in your 50's.

Nice to see this article basically confirms that assessment.


I'm 51.  Split up with wifey 5 years ago.  Not sure if happier.  I have less money, work at a much crappier job, and
  I haven't nailed anyone in 3 years.

But I have much more freedom than I had for 16 years, so there's that...
 
2014-04-10 08:53:00 PM
FTFA: "Happiness peaks at 69."

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2014-04-10 08:53:08 PM

Hector Remarkable: Yes it's just delightful, every breath closer to the icy grip of death's doom.
Every inch a step closer toward dark eternity.
Every moment another prelude to the grave.
And so on and so forth.


And hemorrhoids. You can't forget hemorrhoids.
 
2014-04-10 08:53:11 PM
Yes it must be true...
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2014-04-10 08:54:03 PM
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2014-04-10 08:55:02 PM
Trans-temporal precognitive depredation.

/That is all.
 
2014-04-10 08:55:58 PM
It's not that life is better per se...but you do learn to appreciate it more.

/especially when your friends start dying off
 
2014-04-10 08:58:40 PM

neongoats: This is just the carrot they are leading us by to keep most people from killing themselves in their 30s.


"Things will get better" is often promised, but I have yet to see it delivered.

Even Prof. Brian Cox, formerly of D Ream, will tell you it's not true that things can only get better, and that the second law of thermodynamics indicates the reality is that things actually will always turn to shiat.
 
2014-04-10 08:59:10 PM
I'm guessing that a certain life extension nutter must have gotten banninated. I figure'd he'd be derping up the thread by now.
 
2014-04-10 09:00:48 PM

El Freak: I'm guessing that a certain life extension nutter must have gotten banninated. I figure'd he'd be derping up the thread by now.


rage quit a while back.
 
2014-04-10 09:02:34 PM
I hope 50s are better because my forties have been hard as hell. Lots of good times but a struggle every single day financially it seems, and everyone around me is falling apart emotionally. Wtf?
 
2014-04-10 09:03:16 PM
Your Hind Brain

Trans-temporal precognitive depredation.

Are those guys back on tour? I saw them open for macular degeneration and necrotizing fasciitis and it was FARKING AWESOME!!!!
 
2014-04-10 09:05:26 PM
I have agreement. If you are the older person and engage in the coital relationship with the individual who is the younger than you and then look at the old saggies that the same aged peer individuals of you are doing the sexing of it provides to you the smiling and the smug satisfaction of this.
 
2014-04-10 09:06:08 PM
I can't help but think about how my mom died this year at the age of 69.  Her last 2 years were quite awful.

/Yah I know everyone is different, but I'm just not able to buy this either way.
 
2014-04-10 09:06:09 PM
Cold are the hands of time that creep along relentlessly, destroying slowly but without pity that which yesterday was young. Alone our memories resist this disintegration and grow more lovely with the passing years. Heh! That's hard to say with false teeth!
-The Wienie King, The Palm Beach Story (1942)
 
2014-04-10 09:06:18 PM
You know those wonderful things life gives you: youth, health, beauty, friends, love.  Things you don't really appreciate when you are young.  Well, one by one, life is going to take them all back.
 
2014-04-10 09:08:04 PM
I'm just so farking happy! No, really I am. :)
 
2014-04-10 09:10:30 PM
I must be doing something wrong because the onset of knee and back pain hasn't improved my life one bit.
 
2014-04-10 09:14:07 PM
Sure life gets better as you get older.....assuming you have good health, money, and don't live in some hellhole.

/yep, I'm just a ray 'o sunshine
//get off my lawn
 
2014-04-10 09:14:54 PM
Boomers get to die before the world entirely turns to shiat by their hand, so they have that going for them.
 
2014-04-10 09:16:12 PM

ReverendJynxed: So you find happiness when senility sets in.


Not having enough awareness to even be aware of how much your life sucks, sounds like an improvement.
 
2014-04-10 09:16:45 PM

God-is-a-Taco: Boomers get to die before the world entirely turns to shiat by their hand, so they have that going for them.


Yep. Everyone born within that arbitrary media-created date range is an asshole, right?
 
2014-04-10 09:17:34 PM
devilynn: "I hope 50s are better because my forties have been hard as hell. Lots of good times but a struggle every single day financially it seems, and everyone around me is falling apart..."

Trust me it doesn't get any better.   By your 50's the people around you will be falling apart so much physically you won't give a flying fark about the emotional issues.    Financially you will be down to taking walks and you will consider hot food a luxury.
 
2014-04-10 09:19:29 PM
The only thing I like better about being younger is that injuries while working out seemed to occur less often and heal faster.  Other than that, I'm much happier now in my mid 40s.
 
2014-04-10 09:21:32 PM
I don't want to go on the cart.
 
2014-04-10 09:21:58 PM

Nidiot: neongoats: This is just the carrot they are leading us by to keep most people from killing themselves in their 30s.

"Things will get better" is often promised, but I have yet to see it delivered.

Even Prof. Brian Cox, formerly of D Ream, will tell you it's not true that things can only get better, and that the second law of thermodynamics indicates the reality is that things actually will always turn to shiat.


I have found that although my life hasn't gotten any better* things just don't bother me as much as they used to. I have learned that things always seem to work out and if they don't so what? Nothing that happens to me will affect the outcome of the universe.

* My life is worse in every way compared to 20 years ago. I earn less when inflation is taken into account, I'm no longer a home owner, I have four ageing, elderly relatives that I feel responsible for and someone I have known and liked very much for twenty years is dying of stomach cancer. And I found out last week that I have a very real prospect of being unemployed and living in my car in a couple of weeks time. Still, worse things happen at sea, what?
 
2014-04-10 09:22:07 PM
The alternative is depressing.
 
2014-04-10 09:23:21 PM

toadist: devilynn: "I hope 50s are better because my forties have been hard as hell. Lots of good times but a struggle every single day financially it seems, and everyone around me is falling apart..."

Trust me it doesn't get any better.   By your 50's the people around you will be falling apart so much physically you won't give a flying fark about the emotional issues.    Financially you will be down to taking walks and you will consider hot food a luxury.


Just what I wanted to look forward too. I'm still in good physical and emotional shape but my SO and friends all seem to to be falling all to Fark. I guess my dream of living somewhere on the water and not in this damn desert may not happen. But I'm going to keep trying!
 
2014-04-10 09:25:18 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: God-is-a-Taco: Boomers get to die before the world entirely turns to shiat by their hand, so they have that going for them.

Yep. Everyone born within that arbitrary media-created date range is an asshole, right?


I know I am.  Yup.   My one main goal in my adult life was to fark the world up for the next generation. I was always
  a dream of mine....

/barely a boomer
//doesn't feel like an asshole
 
2014-04-10 09:25:30 PM
Jebus, y'all are really making me feel better about my life

/pretty content
//secret is to stay single
///more money, more women and more slashies
 
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