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Category: Resilience

How Can Resilience Impact Health?

How we handle adversity can have big effect on how adverse events affect us. In light of this, researchers have turned their attention to resilience, the ability to handle adversity in a manner that protects well-being. Recently a group of researchers looked into whether the impact of resilience extends to the impact of chronic disease on disability late in life. Using data from a...

How-Tos for Savoring the Joys in Life

How do you respond during positive experiences in your life? Sometimes, in the midst of a happy moment, we are already focused on the next task or upcoming challenge, and we don’t take the time to fully experience the joy and richness of a positive event. Savoring is the ability to be aware of positive experiences and to enhance our enjoyment and appreciation of them. By actively...

Reflections on Aging, Irony & Wisdom

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”—Charlie Chaplin To paraphrase the wise comedian, life is ironic—a paradox that sometimes makes us laugh and other times scream-cry like a colicky baby. The notions of irony and wisdom have been married in the world of comedy since the beginning of time—like Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. That said, pairing...

Does Having a Sense of Purpose Affect Longevity?

Previous studies have led researchers to consider having a purpose in life as an indicator of healthy aging. One reason for this was the association of having a purpose in life with a reduced risk of mortality. However, the question has remained regarding whether it mattered when in an individual’s life that person experienced a sense of purpose. A recent study in Psychological...

Why Are Older Adults So Happy?

Their bodies and minds are slowly deteriorating, yet research consistently finds that older adults say they’re happier on average than people half their age. So, what gives? As it turns out, researchers have been wondering the same thing for years, and some interesting findings published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology late last year provide some insight into how...

Giving to Others Reduces Impact of Stress, Eliminating the Association of Stressful Events With Mortality

A recent study by Michael Poulin and colleagues in the American Journal of Public Health looks at the impact that giving to others can have on mortality. In particular, this study focused on how giving to others might impact the increased mortality associated with stressful life events. It has been repeatedly shown that socially isolated individuals have substantially increased risks...

How Participation in Sports Influences the Experience of Aging

A study in the Journal of Aging Studies explores how participation in sports influences older adults’ understanding of age and aging. In particular, the study explored how sports participation challenged dominant assumptions about older adulthood. The author argues that participation in sports may lead older adults to challenge negative associations with aging through a focus on the...

Aging Well Despite Chronic Illness

Physical health is an important aspect of successful aging. However, given the fact that almost three-fourths of older adults in the United States have two or more chronic conditions, it is inevitable that many need to find ways to live well in the face of chronic illness. What can research reveal about maintaining one’s well-being while suffering from chronic illness? Do mental...

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