Not so, says Neilsen, the folks who rate TV viewership. “There is scientific evidence that people get happier as they get older.”
The marketing data company points to a May 2016 survey, which measured self-reported wellbeing among American adults. On a scale of 1 to 10, the average 18-year-old rated his or her wellbeing at 6.7.
From there the number trended downward, reaching a low of 6.2 for 52-year-olds. But then, it climbed dramatically, matching the 18-year-old average by 67 and moving to nearly 7.0 by age 83.
Well, it’s only a poll and a self-reported one at that. But it does destroy the myth that happiness decreases with age.
Which makes me think of the old Meier-Minirth book, written in 1978 and revised a couple of years ago. These psychiatrists say that, at any age, “happiness is a choice.”