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Research comparing the moods of young adults with seniors finds that older people are happier than the young. A scientist at Northeastern University thinks he knows why and explains how to permanently improve your outlook on life.
According to a study by Derek Isaacowitz, the secret to being happier is to avoid looking at the negatives in your life and focusing on the positive. It sounds simple, but his research shows that younger people don’t generally do this. Instead, they pay more much attention to negative images and hurtful events than do older people.
As Isaacowitz points out, older people seem to be better at controlling and improving their emotions because they actually take their eyes off negative items and turn their eyes toward more positive material. He calls this “positive looking.”
Consequently, Isaacowitz notes, there is actually a strong relationship between positive looking and mood. If you possess good attentional abilities, positive looking patterns can help improve how you feel.