the effects of aging on happiness

Two views of the relationship of happiness and aging:

This article from The Economist describes how happiness dips during the middle years of life but then trends back up in later years.

http://www.economist.com/node/17722567?story_id=17722567.

This video from TED provides one possible explanation for the dip. I appreciate the comment within it that we sometimes think of happiness as a binary function — either we are happy or we are not — while it is more useful to think of it as a continuum — kind of like the 0 to 10 pain scale hospitals use.

Finally, something to look forward to. . .

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