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(Huffington Post)   Scientific proof that life gets better as you get older   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 29
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2014-04-10 09:40:07 PM  
3 votes:
Aging and happiness depend on a few things in order to go together.

First, is money. Paid up mortgages and loans, sufficient income to cover insurance premiums and increasing medical bills as well as any repairs needed to your home or car.

Having a loving spouse goes a great way towards happiness. Two people who love and support each other have a 'buffer zone' to protect them against the changing world and to draw strength from when troubled times hit.

General health is a big thing. It's hard to be happy when your body seems to be falling apart faster than you can fix it. Over 40, depending on your previous lifestyle, you can expect to find some indications of eventual arthritis, especially you sports minded guys who went nuts not only every super bowl, but who just had to get out there with Da Boyz and play football, basketball and baseball at every opportunity.

Goes for you ATV and dirt bike nuts also. All of those spills, crashes, broken bones, strained muscles, bruises, mild concussions and stitches come back to haunt you. Sturdy knees give out or suddenly start to ache, shoulders develop a tendency to throb, elbows might twinge and the lower back will really complain if you've manage to damage it slightly over time.

Teeth tend to go, even if you've taken excellent care of them and, short of expensive implants, you'll probably wind up with dentures and that artificial 'denture smile'. Bad fitting dentures can be a real PIA until you finally manage to get them adjusted after many trips to the dentist.

You'll be more satisfied with yourself, provided that things went well from about age 12 to 45. If they didn't, then you're liable to carry a baggage load of resentments, regrets and what-ifs. Again, this is also linked into money. If you told your boss off at 25 on principals and lost the job that would have eventually made you over $200,000 a year to wind up only making $100,000, you may have regrets at 69.

Maybe at 25 those bar fights you got into were justified, fun, and boys being boys but your arrest record held you back from getting certain lucrative promotions, those long healed skull and jaw fractures start to hurt when the weather changes and your physician has become concerned about your liver due to scarring from old fist impacts.

Your environment plays a big role. Have the house you want, in the neighborhood you like, with friends you get along with and the security you want and things are good. Live in a place you dislike but that's all you can afford and have PIA neighbors whose sole purpose in life seems to annoy everyone around them and you aren't going to be real happy.

Unfortunately, neighborhoods you loved in your thirties and planned to live in forever tend to change and can become a nightmare you can't afford to flee from.

It is nice to know you've accomplished what you set out to do. Maybe even more. If you have a loving, interactive family, that's even better and something to brag about -- but if you have one that argues a lot, has a host of problems and resentments, makes even holidays tricky and are reluctant to even consider helping care for you when you get too old -- then you have a problem.

Satisfaction of yourself carries on into old age. If you're not that satisfied when young, then you probably will not be when old.

Plus from the time you were a happy kid to the time you need a scooter to get around, everything around you changes. Some changes are hard to accept. Some will seem stupid. Like why would a healthy kid go skateboarding with no protective gear, try and do tricks off roofs, down stairways and across walls and wind up repeatedly breaking bones, nearly killing himself and get back up and do it again? Sadist?

Also, when did telephones get so darn complicated? Your 6 year old granddaughter uses hers to contact people all across the globe, see places you never dreamed of, talk to folks in outer space and it keeps track of where she is. Yet you can't recall how to turn yours on.

Plus, you have a granddaughter now, yet inside your head, you still kind of think you're 28, a fact shattered each time you look in a mirror and see your face kind of starting to melt.

Sex can be good -- but it can take more effort not only to get aroused but to do the deed and that visceral, mind numbing, nearly out of body experience at climax has tempered down to just a fun cum. You will probably need the assistance of some little blue pills to get the Soldier to stand at attention for the entire act, but there's no guarantee he'll have sufficient ammo to shoot like before -- or even at all.

Those days of laying in bed in your teens and your soldier firing off so hard that he hits the roof are things of the past. Now, you're lucky if he hits your shoes if you're standing.

Your body will start changing also, going from the beautiful, lithe creation of your youth, to something resembling an infant. Only, bigger, more hairy and since when did your nose hair grow like weeds and how long have your ears been sprouting that annoying mass of fur?

Yeah. Your hormones will have settled down to where you're not as quick to fight or charge into battle and you probably will not miss that. You will discover that your strength is slowly decreasing so you can't go and chop wood all day and go dancing at night like in your 20's. Besides, the current music of the time will probably annoy the crap out of you and you'll long for the good beats of your youth when music made more sense.

So, you can be happy, but you're going to have a lot to adapt to.

Still, at 85, if you can sit and watch the sunset with the woman of your dreams, not get shot doing so, maybe have a beer and feel alright -- then you've succeeded.
2014-04-10 08:50:10 PM  
3 votes:
This is just the carrot they are leading us by to keep most people from killing themselves in their 30s.
2014-04-10 08:53:11 PM  
2 votes:
Yes it must be true...
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2014-04-10 06:54:42 PM  
2 votes:
They left out "more money"....
2014-04-11 09:59:13 AM  
1 votes:
Cohort effect mayhap?

Or could it be that many of the unhappiest 40 and 50 year olds DIED before they could be re-surveyed at 69?

I'm sure retirement is great if you're ambulatory and wealthy.
And retirement is what you make of it if you're somewhat healthy and middle-class.
But golden years for the working class? Let's just say, don't worry about where to stay after Coal Town.
Arrangements have been made.
2014-04-11 08:41:04 AM  
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: Man, some of you guys seem to need therapy or medication or both.

Life is great.


Had both, still failed to make life great.
2014-04-11 08:09:33 AM  
1 votes:
Man, some of you guys seem to need therapy or medication or both.

Life is great.
2014-04-11 07:35:14 AM  
1 votes:
Is it typical in your 40s to envision your own death in a million different ways??

I've been envisioning my own death sine the age of 10 (now 45)

Some of us wake up one day and realize that each day could be the last.  It changes everything.  If at the end of the day you managed to get through another day without dying then you won another achievement in life.

Yeah. And the 'prize' is another day of hell! Not a day goes by I don't wish is my last!
The older you get, the worse thing get. And It never stops getting worse. I dread what's coming
2014-04-11 03:59:47 AM  
1 votes:
Bullshiat.

Utter, utter bullshiat.
2014-04-10 11:19:25 PM  
1 votes:

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.


But we live longer than men. So it equals out.
2014-04-10 10:35:47 PM  
1 votes:

jimmythrust: joaquin closet: 25 was great, the world was in front of me. 56 is better, I was born to be retired. Less anxiety, nothing to prove. Hopefully I've got a few good years ahead and then I'll see what happens.

At 40, having watched the old man go at 63, ten days after retiring, from an aneurysm in his sleep, I am hoping to retire in 11 and 1/2 and spend that same amount retired before I go the same way.

Is it typical in your 40s to envision your own death in a million different ways??


Some of us wake up one day and realize that each day could be the last.  It changes everything.  If at the end of the day you managed to get through another day without dying then you won another achievement in life.
2014-04-10 10:18:05 PM  
1 votes:
25 was great, the world was in front of me. 56 is better, I was born to be retired. Less anxiety, nothing to prove. Hopefully I've got a few good years ahead and then I'll see what happens.
2014-04-10 09:42:57 PM  
1 votes:
The study says 23 and 69 are statistically the best years? Good lord. I would never want to be 23 again.

I'm convinced people make major breakthroughs in self awareness and overall happiness in their late 20s to early 30s. I can totally imagine it getting even better. So I can only conclude 23 is approximately when people are getting first "real" jobs and wrapping up the school stuff. But for me I felt like I had a long way to go then.

Guess I'm a weirdo.

/32
2014-04-10 09:34:09 PM  
1 votes:
Science ain't met my life apparently
2014-04-10 09:28:35 PM  
1 votes:
Actually the article doesn't say that life gets better, more that age allows people to be capable of being happy with what they've got, apparently.
2014-04-10 09:26:08 PM  
1 votes:
I hope it does get better, because my 40s have been miserable.  I'm aware of mortality more than I've ever been before, and every bit of happiness is tainted with sadness due to the awareness that everything is completely meaningless and will all be over soon.
2014-04-10 09:25:47 PM  
1 votes:
What a Load! Remember, Life is like a shiat Sandwich, the more Bread you have the less shiat you have to eat. Don't tell me Money isn't Everything, if you don't have it you have Nothing.
2014-04-10 09:25:30 PM  
1 votes:
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
2014-04-10 09:19:29 PM  
1 votes:
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 09:06:08 PM  
1 votes:
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 08:58:40 PM  
1 votes:

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 08:53:00 PM  
1 votes:
FTFA: "Happiness peaks at 69."

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2014-04-10 08:48:49 PM  
1 votes:
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 08:44:14 PM  
1 votes:
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 08:41:26 PM  
1 votes:

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 08:36:55 PM  
1 votes:
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 08:33:39 PM  
1 votes:
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 08:11:20 PM  
1 votes:
Not true. Getting old socks cack if you've got chronic pain from arthritis and various other injuries. (I'm 58)
2014-04-10 07:04:30 PM  
1 votes:
Well, I guess I screwed that up
 
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