5 Great Things About Growing Old
Five experts share their wisdom about the many delightful surprises that await you in your golden years.
As it turns out, most grumpy old people used to be grumpy young people. Aging doesn’t turn a cheerful person into a grouch. To the contrary, research has shown that, as we age, we become more emotionally stable and content. In early adulthood, there are a lot of what-ifs: Am I going to find a soul mate? Have a child? Build a rewarding career? Then you spend the next few decades striving to achieve those goals. But when you’re older, the what-ifs have been resolved. So you are less stressed and can—finally—relax.
Laura Carstensen, 57, is a psychologist and the director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, in Stanford, California.