Tricks From the Elderly to Stop Worrying

The Wall Street Journal:

Recent research into how emotions change with age may be able to help people lead healthier and longer lives and bring about new treatments for depression in the elderly.

Like people’s bodies, emotions change over time. Older people for the most part have far fewer negative feelings, such as worry and stress, than do younger people, studies show.

The elderly learn to disentangle themselves from feelings of negativity and seem to focus more on present situations that bring pleasure, rather than on the future, researchers say. They also tend to process negative information less deeply than positive information.

By contrast, positive feelings such as enjoyment and happiness change very little from the time a person is in his youth until old age.

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