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How can aging affect my happiness?

Getting older really gets a bad rap. It turns out you'll have a lot to smile about.

That's because you'll actually be happier, despite gray hairs or wrinkles. A three-decades-long survey confirms it: Your odds of scoring well on a happiness scale increase about 5 percent every decade.

There's one major advantage to getting older (at least for most of us!), and that's maturity. Researchers suspect that it's maturity that enriched people's lives and boosted their happy factor in a recent study -- even when faced with health concerns or lost relationships. Know what else helped ensure happiness in the study? Education.

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