By Johnny Lupsha, current events writer
Contrary to popular belief, emotional health is stabilized and even improved with age. Individuals over the age of 65 report lower depression and life satisfaction than any other age group. Online, elderly “grandparents” are confirming it.
Social media influencers are always young users with many fans, everything from complaints and comments to approval and advice. However, an increasing number of seniors 70 years of age and older are attracting millions of young supporters. These “grandparents” share health and fitness experiences, gardening tips, styling and beauty lessons, and more. Young fans from the life lessons of the elderly and Joy de Vivir.
This flies in the face of the old-fashioned way of thinking – with age comes bitterness, anger, and tremors. In the video series Aging brain, Dr. Tad Polk, Professor of Arthur F. Turnau, Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan, explains why emotional health is as good as wine.
The result of the group – a popular novel
According to Dr. Polk, studies show a dramatic trend in age and happiness. First, 18- to 25-year-olds had a 70% higher risk of depression than those over the age of 50 last year. Another study analyzing speech and text samples from more than 3,000 people found that as people get older, they use fewer negative words and more positive words, a trend that has continued for 500 years. how?
“Alternatively, these findings represent the so-called group outcome, that is, the result of being born at some point in history,” he said. If you think about it, you can say that life is much easier today than it was when our generation was growing up.
Standards of living and education, as well as health care, have increased dramatically over the past several decades. Therefore, older ones may view life as a piece of cake today, which makes them more positive. The influence of the United Nations shows that older people have different experiences from the younger group, and these experiences make a difference in both positive and negative.
Unfortunately, Dr. Polk can compare people who grew up at different times like apples and oranges. Scientists prefer to study people as they get older to cope with the limitations of group results, and these longitudinal studies show similar results for aging and happiness.
Sociometric selection theory – better idea
At Stanford University, on the other hand, Laura Carsonson developed a theory called sociometric selection. Dr. Polk believes that it is a very successful explanation for the development of emotional health with age. In fact, he says, older ones realize that life is too short to focus on negative things.
“For young adults, life seems to last forever, so they are more focused on long-term goals,” says Dr. Polk. You can try many different things to get as much information as possible. If they think they will pay for it, they are willing to spend time doing things that they are not happy about.
For young people, goals are future-oriented and knowledge-oriented.
According to Dr. Polk, as we get older, our “horizon” or the future will be shorter. Older adults are more selective in how they spend their time and energy, so they choose to make the most of their time. They narrow their social networks to some extent to focus on a small group of people who value their relationships. This enhances positive experiences and reduces negative ones.
“Also, the goals of older adults are less about the future and more about making the most of the present,” he said. They focus on emotional goals, such as well-being and happiness, rather than knowledge-based goals for future success.
A.D. Launched in 1990, the concept of socio-emotional choice has received a great deal of attention in the scientific community. Grandparents can still be a powerful witness to him.
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