Stanford University’s Center for Longevity released a report earlier this week that finds that age leads to greater emotional stability.  The report was the conclusion of a 12-year study in which 180 study participants “carried pagers and were required to immediately respond to a series of questions whenever the devices buzzed. The periodic quizzes were intended to chart how happy, satisfied and comfortable they were at any given time”.  The project’s lead investigator, Laura Cartensen, explains that the results show that  “as we grow older, we tend to become more emotionally stable. And that translates into longer, more productive lives that offer more benefits than problems”.  She attributes this finding to what she calls the the theory of “socio-emotional selectivity,” which argues that people invest in what’s most important to them when time is limited.   “As people get older, they’re more aware of mortality,” Carstensen said. “So when they see or experience moments of wonderful things, that often comes with the realization that life is fragile and will come to an end. But that’s a good thing. It’s a signal of strong emotional health and balance”.

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