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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:42 AM
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People 'get happier as they age'
People 'get happier as they age'

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Most people get happier as they grow older, studies on people aged up to their mid-90s suggest.

Despite worries about ill health, income, changes in social status and bereavements, later life tends to be a golden age, according to psychologists.

They found older adults generally make the best of the time they have left and have learned to avoid situations that make them feel sad or stressed.

The young should do the same, they told the American Psychological Association.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8183522.stm
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Teaser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:51 AM
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1. until they die
after that it pretty much sucks.
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geckosfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:57 AM
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2. Fact - after you die you have no problems at all.
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Teaser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:02 AM
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3. That is the problem itself.
.
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geckosfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:06 AM
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5. What? Death? Death is part of life.
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Teaser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:24 AM
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8. not if I can help it.
and being a scientist who works on this stuff, hopefully I can.
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:44 AM
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11. "You'll be lucky to get out of life alive!"
;)
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geckosfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:48 AM
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12. Well, good luck with that. Cheating death has beens mans fantasy since, well, forever.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:51 AM
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15. We really do not begin to have a clue about how to do that yet.
We are beginning to tinker with and understand how biological systems work at the lowest level, using computers, but we are far from knowing how to keep them from running down eventually, or even from knowing that it is possible to keep them from running down eventually. I think there are sound theoretical reasons for thinking that it may not be possible to keep biological systems alive forever, that they are intrinsically ephemeral.
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:57 AM
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19. I have some theories about this...
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 11:03 AM by Hugin
Why do we age? Why do all animals age?

Perennial plants don't age... Well, not in the same way as animals, anyway.

Certain bacteria and cancer cells are virtually immortal.

This sounds odd and funny to say, but, maybe the reason we age is because so far no animal has survived ageing. That would be an evolutionary explanation.

I've heard it said that the way we 'age' is programmed into our DNA. I agree with you that total immortality is far fetched, but, an extension of 'youth and vigor' doesn't seem all that implausible to me.

Edited to add: Perennial, although Annual Plants support my programmed ageing ideas.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 02:25 PM
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20. Extension of 'youth and vigor' does seem quite plausible.
In fact we already do that. Things as simple as nutrition and exercise will do that. We could also select for longevity, though it is still a no-no to talk about it, probably with good reason.

I would say, roughly and without trying to support the idea here, that there is a tradeoff between complexity and durability/longevity. Really complex things like intelligent life are self-limiting by the necessary "velocity" of their existence. Really complex things have to be grown, they are not made, and they have an inherent unpredictability, which we call "chaos", they have to continue to develop, and the range of their existence is "bounded" in a certain way, so eventually they grind to a halt, because they cannot "grow" anymore. This all strictly aside from the accidents of existence.

A more heuristic approach is merely to point out that evolution demands it, that to be here as we are now demands that we all die so that evolution can occur to produce us. This is sort of like the "anthropic" principle as it is applied in cosmology.

I do think it is probable that at some point we will be able to live a good deal longer than we do now, assuming our technological civilization survives. Of course, that is a big if.
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kimmerspixelated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:27 PM
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23. It's recycling, everything is continued in a circle.
Plants come back again, we come back in another body or form.
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kimmerspixelated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:25 PM
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22. No, your memory bank is tasered
or something like that, and then your light spirit is recycled into someone or something else, especially if you still haven't learned a major life lesson. If you have learned it and you've graduated-I believe you become more a part of the light source, which isn't sucky-but awesome!
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:05 AM
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4. From my experience... The happiness seems to kick in about the time you start pointing with your...
middle finger.

Also, socks and sandals are SOOO comfortable! Really. I should have started wearing the combination years ago...


If I'd only known.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:29 AM
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9. I so agree. Not having to put on that damned "under garment" every
day is a blessing by itself, and as far as being happier, well, memories start to do a little slide and conveniently you can forget the "bad times."....LOL.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:58 AM
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16. Absolutely...
being able to point with my middle finger is so enjoyable.

So is being as outrageous as we want to be and being able to tell people to fuck off if they don't like it. When you get to a certain age you've pretty much earned the right to be outrageous, I think.

And the comfortable shoes...ahhhhhh. I wear comfortable (and hideously ugly) shoes as a badge of honor now.


:)

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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 01:23 PM
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29. scheduling Hugin for an ass-kicking
socks and sandals are not forgivable :7
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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:19 AM
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6. Death should not be seen as the end
but as a very effective way to cut down expenses. A tip o'the hat to Woody Allen in Love and Death, 1975.
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Wapsie B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:23 AM
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7. Wow, better tell my dad about that.
Don't think that'll work though.
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:39 AM
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10. That's in Briton, they just get grumpy as hell in the USA n/t
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:48 AM
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13. I think that's because they learn over the years that most of
the things they got mad about really don't matter that much.
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:44 AM
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14. Well, yeah. The older you get the more stuff you can get away with.
For instance, you are in a grocery store. Some idiot without a thought of anyone else even being in the store, turns her cart cross wise in the middle of the aisle, blocking the aisle and walks off to parts unknown.
Remedy: look around for the highest prices item (or sometimes some strange stuff you know they would never buy) in the vicinity and put it in her cart. Quite often these people don't even notice when they go through the check out.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:03 AM
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17. so many opportunities
for hilarity there...


jock itch spray...Preparation H...weird meat, like tripe or something...condoms...


:rofl:
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kimmerspixelated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:30 PM
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24. The merry prankster!
My God that sounds like fun!
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kimmerspixelated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:31 PM
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25. Also, your idea is a fun way to keep the economy going!!!!
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boomerbust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:04 AM
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18. Happier?
Maybe, more liberal? Definately
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 02:26 PM
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21. I think the reason is because you no longer give a shit about a lot of things.
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 02:27 PM by The Velveteen Ocelot
That's true for me, anyhow. I've accepted that fact that I'm as successful as I'll ever get (which isn't very), so I don't worry about trying to claw and grasp for some promotion I don't really want. I'll never get better looking so beyond staying clean and neat, I don't worry much about how I look or what anyone else thinks about how I look. I'm doing pretty much what I want to do; I don't care whether other people are impressed; and I'm not looking for a mate. It's kind of like Buddhism by osmosis: Suffering is caused by desire, and when you stop wanting things you don't have you feel a whole lot better.

In a lot of ways it really is better being old.
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kimmerspixelated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:35 PM
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26. Ever read The Power of Now?
Same guy who wrote , "A New Earth" E. Tolle....really it states that nothing really matters at all, that your(humans) main job is to just be, to strive to always be comepletely in the moment, reveling in the beauty all around you, raising your frequency, recharging the self, letting go of ego, and just BE!

For me, I love comfort. As a woman over 50, shoes, underwear, jeans, all must be comfortable!! One can be chic AND comfortable!
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:44 PM
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27. Comfort definitely matters.
I used to wear high heels, uncomfortable underwear, all that stuff that was supposed to make me "look good." Not any more. I have no illusions that any of it really made me look better anyhow, so now my shoes are flat and my clothes are loose and comfortable. When you're old it's a lot easier to dress like that and not care.
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POAS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:11 PM
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28. I rec'd this just cuz I'm old and cranky!
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 08:19 PM by POAS
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 01:24 PM
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30. perhaps they cannot remember how fucked up things are
:rofl:
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