Contrary to popular beliefs about grumpy old men and women, people grow happier as they get older, research shows.
7:20AM GMT 12 Mar 2012
Although physical quality of life goes down after middle age, mental satisfaction increases.
The study of more than 10,000 people in Britain and the US adds support to a previous report that happiness levels form a U-curve, hitting their low point at around 45, then rising.
Researchers from the University of Warwick analysed the participants’ lifestyle and health patterns and their links to mental and physical quality of life and health status.
Quality of life was evaluated using eight factors including perception of general health, pain, social functioning and mental health.
The researchers found that people reported better mental quality of life as they aged, despite a decrease in their physical abilities.
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