"A study has revealed that the older people get, the more positive they become," presumably because they realize it's all going to be over soon enough.
No. It's because of the failure of memory. You forgot the things that suck, and remember the things that don't. It's the exact opposite of Funes el Memorioso.
Also, cognitive decline is setting in, so that you sleep the untroubled sleep of the simple.
Well, do you want to know from an actual old person? I think there are a number of reasons I'm happier now than I used to be. I've resolved a lot of issues that were difficult for me in my 20's and 30's; I'm less hard on myself than I was when I was younger, because I've come to recognize my standards were unrealistic and cruel. Also, I know that I can handle difficulties, because I've done so successfully, so I'm less apprehensive about things, and catastrophize less than I did. Actually, there have been multiple studies that show that people tend to get happier as they get older. Here's another one: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-06/uomh-hid061206.php
This doesn't explain the popularity of Fox News and it's marketing slogan, "Hey Obama, get the hell off my lawn."
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