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Are people happier when they're young?

Ronald Siegel
Psychology
Being young and physically attractive has little or no bearing on happiness, feelings of contentment or joy; the overall experience of pleasure, well-being, and meaning in life. In a study published by economist Richard Easterlin in The Journal of Economic Psychology, not only did being young fail to contribute to happiness, but adults grew steadily happier as they moved into and through middle age. After that, happiness levels began to decline slowly as health problems and other life problems emerged.

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