A study based in Britain has found that people older than 52 tend to be grumpier than younger people. The poll results found that those over 50 laughed far less and complained far more than people under 50. The study found that the average number of laughs per day declines as a person ages. The cable TV channel Dave found infants generally laughed up to 300 times per day, while teenagers laughed an average of six times daily. By the time a person reached the age of 60, the laughs per day had declined to only 2.5. The channel speculated one reason for the decline in laughing might be a lack of joke telling skills. They also discovered the average Briton only knew two jokes.
--Over 52? Then you’re probably grumpy, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6974KG20101008; October 8, 2010, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Proverbs 17:22 (NASB77) “A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.”