Which would make you happier: walking onto your porch on a sunny morning or taking snapshots from the top of the Eiffel Tower? How about: having a long, fun conversation with your child or going to a Bob Dylan concert?
Researchers from Deakin University in Australia compared levels of life satisfaction among adults over age 65 living in residential care with older adults still living on their own. The researchers found that once adults moved into facilities, their ability to accept their living situation became as important as feeling in control, in terms of maintaining overall happiness.
February seems like an appropriate month to ask the fundamental question: What does it take to be happy?
So it turns out that getting old isn't so bad after all. Why? We actually become happier as we age.