On the whole, do you trust people? Considerable research suggests fewer and fewer Americans do, and given the well-established link between trust and well-being, that’s concerning.
Fortunately, a newly published paper suggests your faith in your fellow man will very likely go up as the years go by.
“An aging world may become a more trusting world,” write Michael Poulin of the University of Buffalo and Claudia Haase of Northwestern University. Their research, based on data from 83 countries, finds individuals typically turn more trusting over the course of their lives—and confirms that this shift in attitude is, on balance, a positive thing.
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