Happiness- Positive Psychology and Aging

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What factors determine a person’s happiness? Age and health are common sources in the elderly to distinguish how happy they are. According to Dr. Philips in The Relationship of Age and Happiness, the surprise finding is that people increase in happiness until around 30 then happiness heads downward into midlife and then back up again to higher levels after age 50. Maria Szalavitz, a neuroscience journalist for TIME states in her Aging Well article that the elderly may be more prone to depression and loneliness, which can lead to higher rates of unhappiness, not a surprise given the health and emotional challenges that tend to accompany aging. But increasingly, more and more studies suggest that happiness may actually rise after middle age. Positive psychology according to the Martin Seligman (the president of the American Psychological Association) moved away from studying negative psychological concepts, such as learned helplessness, to investigate…

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Author: John "Boomer" Leighty

As a deadline journalist focused on the San Francisco beat, my gaze has seen a once laconic landscape turn into a profit-driven Westernized juggernaut that virtually no one can afford to step into. In the recent economic maelstrom, the healthcare sector has thrived with Boomers paying most of the bill. While many prospered in an inflationary bubble during the 1990s, a numbing number of Boomers are now hobbling toward the pearly portal with multiple chronic conditions and depleted resources from a reversal of fortune due to the fleecing of the economy by corrupt corporations, industry-backed oil wars, Wall Street greed, and overt government deceptions. I covered the Barbary Coast scene as a maverick reporter and national feature writer for United Press International during the stoned seventies and zippy eighties and currently write about a range of issues that impact the boomer experience. Check out my Boomertrip Lists of topics and activities that enhance or influence senior activities and healthy aging goals. Tune in, turn on and sound off to help compile and share resources needed by an eclectic generation that created ‘counterculture’ values and is flashing the peace sign as the sun slowly rises on a burgeoning brave new world paradigm of artificial intelligence, smart drones, robotic workers, twisted news, and social media influences.