Good things to look forward to as you grow older

By September 3, 2019 LifeStyle

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Do you worry about getting older? Most probably you do. But it looks like that many things get better for us when we get older. Check out this interesting piece where the author lists out areas in which things start getting better with age. If you are a worrier, this is indeed a very reassuring opinion. Team RetyrSmart

Good things to look forward to as you grow older

An ability to manage social conflicts

So much of the drama of youth goes out the window with the wisdom of maturity. As we age, we’re able to look at social situations and manage them a little more wisely.

People in their 60s were better than their younger counterparts at coming up with multiple outcomes for a social conflict and were better at imagining different points of view, while preferring solutions that involved compromise.

An encyclopaedic knowledge

When you’re young, you’re learning new things all the time. You’re memorizing math formulas and spelling words, learning historical events and scientific equations. Your brain is a sponge.

When you’re older, you use what you know. That’s Crystallized Intelligence, and  is based on what you’ve learned in the past. It makes use of information and skills you’ve already mastered. You use it in situations like reading comprehension and vocabulary tests. Because you just keep collecting knowledge, crystallized intelligence just keeps increasing as you get older.

A greater sense of well-being

It’s known as the paradox of aging: The older people get, often the happier they become.

People who were in older life were happier, more satisfied, less depressed, had less anxiety and less perceived stress than younger respondents.Other studies found that as we get older, we become more trusting, and people who trust others are more likely to be happier.

Older people often have increased financial well-being, so that takes the monetary element out of the stress equation. In addition, they tend to let go of negative emotions and focus on positive events.

An immunity window

Little kids get sick all the time. They pass colds around at school and catch everything because their growing immune systems are still developing. The good news is that as you age, your adult immune system recognizes these microbes as they invade your body and forms an “immune memory.”

It does begin to drop off in your 70s or 80s, but there’s a bit of a sweet spot for people — particularly from your 40s through to your late 60s and early 70s — where the immune system remembers the viruses experienced over the years.

During that time, you might be less likely to catch colds and get sick.

Becoming more agreeable

Forget about getting older and crankier. As you age, there’s a good chance you’ll become more agreeable and easier to get along with.

Research has found that participants started to become the most agreeable in their 30s and continued to improve throughout their 60s

Fewer migraines

If you suffered from migraines most of your life, you may get a break as you get older.

If hormones are one of a woman’s headache triggers, migraines can sometimes abate after menopause. As people get older, some may only experience migraines as visual or sensory disturbances without any pain.

Less sweat

Hot flashes aside, you may sweat less as you age. (Well, technically, you sweat differently.) With age, sweat glands shrink and there are fewer of them.

Change in self-esteem

Long gone is the insecurity of youth. Self-esteem is highest right around age 60, research finds.

On average, self-esteem increases in early and middle childhood, remains constant (but does not decline) in adolescence, increases strongly in young adulthood, continues to increase in middle adulthood, peaks between age 60 and 70 years, and then declines in old age, with a sharper drop in very old age

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