Reducing Stress

Blog, Happinesson May 24th, 2010No Comments

Over 50?  If you are, you may have noticed you are less stressed with every passing year. Research involving 340,847 adults between the ages of 18 and 85, conducted by Gallup and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences show that the negative emotions of stress and anger decline as a person gets older.  Worry remains fairly constant until a person reaches 50 whereupon it drops sharply, while overall life satisfaction increases after 50 years of age.  42% of 50 year olds said they had “a lot” of stress; this had dropped to 20% by 70 years of age.

Do we have less to worry about as we get older?  Probably not, although with our children grown and generally beyond the worrisome teen years there could be those who would say there is less to worry about.  Perhaps we are more financially secure.  Or perhaps as we get older we simply get better at sorting out what is important and what is not, and not worrying needlessly about things we can do nothing about.

At all ages, women were sadder, more worried and stressed than men.

So if you are young and and want to reduce stress, just hang about and it will happen naturally.  Rock on 70!  Even better, rather than wait for it to come to you, learn to reduce negative emotions now. Start by accepting those things that you cannot change, and changing what you are saying to yourself and others about it.

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