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February 15, 2014 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Ten Awesome Benefits to Growing Older

By Kathy @ SMART Living More Blogs by This Author

Just about every day I read a post on Facebook or one of the many blogs I follow about getting older.  And while many of them poke fun at the experience, most of the time the posts subtly (or not so subtly!) talk about the drawbacks to aging.  But, when you think about it, every single day each of us is getting older—and thankfully so!  Consider the alternative. So instead of thinking of life as a gradual decline, maybe it is time to start thinking of how life gets better as we go along—and that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.  And even though I’m not facing a birthday for several months, I decided a good way to prepare was to start focusing on the benefits long before the day arrives. 

Here are ten great benefits we gain as we age:

1) Less negativity—higher self esteem.  Researcher Ulrich Orth from the University of Basel studied thousands of 18 to 89 year olds and discovered that regardless of demographic and social status, the older we get the more negativity diminishes and the higher our self-esteem climbs.  He says, “With time, we hone qualities like self-control and altruism that contribute to overall happiness.  The best is yet to come!”  A large Gallup Poll done in 2008 confirmed that adults near 85 years old are even more satisfied with themselves and their life than they were at 18.

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