David Brooks, The New York Times, December 4, 2014

When researchers ask people to assess their own well-being, people in their 20s rate themselves highly. Then there’s a decline as people get sadder in middle age, bottoming out around age 50. But then happiness levels shoot up, so that old people are happier than young people. The people who rate themselves most highly are those ages 82 to 85. Psychologists who study this now famous U-Curve tend to point out that old people are happier because of changes in the brain. […read more]