New Study Discovers the Trajectory of Optimism in Life

The scientists found that optimism tends to be lower for people in their 20s, then goes up through the 30s and 40s until peaking in the 50s (with 55 being the age of peak optimism). After that it starts to gradually decline. The authors called this pattern “an inverted U shape, with a peak in late midlife.” Previous studies showed that a similar trend is followed by other positive personality traits such as self-esteem and satisfaction with life. Interestingly, the researchers also discovered that being optimistic is not necessarily tied to the kinds of events that happen in your life.

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