In Search of a Satisfying Life — Past, Present, and Future

Michael A. Busseri: Our results showed that current life satisfaction does not consistently improve during younger adulthood, and it does not consistently decline during older age. That’s right: people were not consistently more satisfied with life when they were younger rather than when they were older. Instead, regardless of their age, some people’s life satisfaction improves, other people experience some decline, and others are stable over time. In general, then, life does not get more and more satisfying during younger adulthood, and it does not tend to get less and less satisfying during old age. So our assumptions about how life tends to unfold are generally inaccurate, and such biases tend to be related to our age.

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