TED.com recently posted a video from its New York, N.Y., TEDxWomen event in November 2011 in which psychologist Dr. Laura Carstensen presented research that shows older people are happier.
Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, has extensively studied the effects on well-being of extended lifetimes. Despite the challenges of aging, Carstensen said that the more we learn about aging, the more we learn about improvements it brings such as the ability to handle stress, worry and anger better than younger people.
Carstensen also talked about the fact that humans have added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans in the 20th century and the implications of that change.
“In a blink of an eye, we nearly doubled the length of time we’re living. So if you ever feel like you don’t have this aging thing quite pegged, don’t kick yourself. It’s brand new,” said Carstensen.
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