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Friday, April 2, 2010

Scientific American Mind busts the myth that older people are sadder

In the March issue of Scientific American Mind, there is an outstanding article in which the authors "bust" several popular psychology myths. The entire article is worth reading, but the myth that particularly interested me was that older people are "depressed, cantakerous, lonely, sexually inactive and forgetful". Using studies and other research, the authors give a more accurate, and certainly more optimistic, picture of older adults. For example, did you know that the odds of being happy increase by 5% with every decade of life? You can pick up a copy of the magazine in stores and newsstands, or you can access it here online (you will have to register to read it online).

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