Optimism Increases as People Get Older

Ted Schwaba: People in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, especially, could look forward to increased optimism in the years ahead. This finding is consistent with other research showing that older Americans living in the midwest became less optimistic around age 70, and that adult black Americans became more optimistic over time. Overall, people in America tend to become increasingly optimistic throughout early and middle adulthood, with their most optimistic years coming in middle age.

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