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Researchers in California says they have surveyed men aged 50 to 99 and asked them to rank how they feel on a scale of one to ten. The average response was 8.2, not quite what the researchers had expected. The survey was designed to focus on older people who were not predisposed to disability or illness, but not necessarily healthier than the average person. Researchers say the findings agree with earlier research that found people tend to be depressed in idle age and become happier as they get older. They speculate the reason is as people age they have grappled with a lot of the burdensome issues of life, and learn to take things in stride. The authors of the study concluded people are able to cope with stressful things better as they age. They wrote, “Increasing resilience and reducing depression might have effects on successful aging as strong as that of reducing physical disability.”— Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Good news about aging: Get older, feel better, study finds, http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/06/15736277-good-news-about-aging-get-older-feel-better-study-finds?lite, Accessed December 6, 2012.

Matthew 6:27 (ESV) And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

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