The older the better: Elderly people are more successful at warding off unhappiness than millennials, says new study

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A study has found that older people are better equipped to ward off unhappiness than millennials. The study found that the brains of young adults are geared toward 'hyper-vigilance' against threats and that older people experience the opposite effect. It found older people's brains attempted to block out threats and this 'positivity  effect' was enough to hinder bad memories being created. Speaking to The Times, Brittany Corbett, who led the research said: 'As we age, we try to have better overall wellbeing and protect our emotional health. Older adults that focus more on negativity avoidance seemingly live happier lives, have better health and longevity." Corbett is a member of the Memory and Aging Lab at Georgia Tech, directed by Audrey Duarte, an associate professor in the School of Psychology.


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  • Created On: Jul 9, 2018 - 1:58pm
  • Last Updated: Jul 9, 2018 - 1:58pm