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Well I don't know what this says about me. I was happy and outgoing in my younger years, but I haven't quite reached retirement yet so I don't know what the outcome will eventually be. There is a new study out that says people who are outgoing and seemingly happy as a young adult, seem to be more satisfied when they retire. A study was conducted by the University of Southampton in the UK.
4,600 people were followed for decades, from when they were young adults, into their 60's. Those who were extroverted in their youth, seemed happier with their lives in their 60's.
You might ask how being outgoing in younger years provides satisfaction later in life. We it doesn't. Of course the reverse is true. It doesn't mean shy people in their younger years are doomed to a horrible life later on. The lead researcher says people's lives can and are affected by their personalities, but they stress that's not the only factor in determining how happy people are in their later years.
But what they found about the outgoing types is that they also tend to be assertive and adaptable which is certainly something we all might need as we grow older. Somewhere in the middle of this study, researchers also checked on careers(at about age 53) to check their socioeconomic status. No matter what other influences there were, the extroverted person turning into a happy senior, seemed to hold up.
All of this makes sense when you think about it. When you're younger and you're happy and outgoing, are you really going to change much when you get older? Seems to be there's have to be a life changing negative event to change that. It seems that happiness might be in our DNA and we're going to be that way no matter what. As they say, some people look at the glass half full and I assume that's no matter how old they are right?