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5 Ways Your Life is Better After Age 50

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5 Ways Your Life is Better After Age 50

We always hear the glories of youth – how life is so much better. Sure, practically their bodies are shiny new engines, and yes, they have that impeccable skin. But while the young don’t have the aches and creaks some of us get later in life, we older folks do actually have some things to look forward to as we age. In fact, after researching several studies on attitudes and skills, things look pretty good!

Here’s why life is better after you hit age 50.

Your Overall Mental Well-Being and Satisfaction

In a recent poll, people in their early 80s showed the highest psychological wellness when it comes to our own selves. Youthful counterparts aren’t too far behind, but it’s nice to know that for most of our lives, the big picture just continues to look better and better by the year.

That said, we find our highest levels of life satisfaction peak at age 62, according to a study in Germany. So, we’ll find our overall life to look the best at 62, but we’ll be most content in our early 80s, which, all in all, is quite a healthy attitude.

Understanding Each Other

Another study examined the ability of varying age groups to identify emotions based on pictures that focused on the eyes, and only the eyes. The findings indicated that those with the best understanding of emotions shown in the eyes went to people throughout their fifties. Based on that information, seems we become more empathetic in this decade, which means we can interact much more clearly in our relationships, in turn making them stronger.

We’re Wiser

It’s true that as we get older we become wiser. Knowledge gained over time is the key to wisdom, some say. The evidence concurring the fact was found in a study conducted in 2010. Participants were asked to examine a situation and understand it, work through it, consider all the different conflicts and questions, and come up with solutions. Those who were 60 and older performed best with the task, easily understanding different perspectives, emotions, and ideas. Experience suggests this increase in wisdom.

Better with Numbers and Words

When it comes to pattern recognition, relationships, and memory, our younger friends win out. But, when dealing with arithmetic problems, the best performances belonged to the 50 year-olds. And when it comes to words, a study found that participants in their late 60s and early 70s had the highest vocabulary group of all. Go ahead and flaunt it with a crossword puzzle, or adding up the grocery bill with your children.

We Like The Way We Look

Here’s a surprising one – a Gallup survey found that Americans over 65 were the most happy with their appearance. So much for those young girls on the covers of magazines. The details are such that men most found their appearance appealing in their early 80s, and women said they liked their look at about age 74. So get out on the town, you look ravishing.

After Fifty Living™ was founded by Jo-Anne Lema, a genuine Boomer and member of the 50+ generation. As she likes to say, “Our enormous generation is charting new territory – we’re healthier, better educated, and more financially fit than any other generation at this time. And, as we march through history, 110 million strong – unique, new issues are developing. It’s exciting to be a part of the development and growth of AfterFiftyLiving.com. This is a historic solution for a historic generation.”

Jo-Anne spent many years in the financial and operations side of higher education after having received a doctorate in education management and administration from Harvard, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Launching out on her own, though, has been the fulfillment of a life dream. Jo-Anne believes that “AfterFiftyLiving™ will delight its visitors, catalyze its partners, and will significantly benefit those who engage it.”

Residing in New England along with her husband of 35+ years, she never ceases to brag about her two children and 4 grandkids!

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