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The Golden Years for Seattle, Washington Seniors

Senior years really are golden: Happiness increases after age 50, Gallup poll finds

Aging may seem like a pain, but a new study suggests that getting old is no reason to despair.

The study, based on a Gallup poll from 2008, finds that most people feel increasingly happy starting around age 50.

In general, life satisfaction is high at age 18 but sinks until about 50. Then, it starts to climb again, increasing so steadily that most people feel better about their lives at 85 than they did at 18.

“It’s a very encouraging fact that we can expect to be happier in our early 80s than we were in our 20s,” Andrew J. Oswald, who teaches psychology at Warwick Business School in England, told The New York Times.  “And it’s not being driven by things that happen in life.  It’s something very deep and quite human that seems to be driving this.”

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