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Halo Honig-Guyon and Pups April 20, 2011
by Ed Coletti 2008
No one can afford
Being made here and now
too few tinted trees
above exemplary poets
frames or stanzas
circles or sounds
colors or metaphors
exhibits or readings
lines or lines
no sense from nonsense
no money nor much fame
silly old spirits
dancing wild motion
bloody butcher paper
morbid lonely nights
myriad crawly visions
unique or fractal flights
steal another moment
question nothing so produced
just give me more of all of
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Study: The "Best Years of Our Lives" Could Be in Our '80's by Michele Travierso Time Magazine
It turns out that, rather than reminisce about the ‘golden age' of youth, we should look forward to turn our grandparents' age to be happy.
There's much more to old age other than fading sight, weaker muscles and a poor short term memory. A number of recent studies indicate that happiness is more easily attained after middle age.
(More on TIME.com: See pictures of living centenarians)
A book by Lewis Wolpert, professor emeritus of biology at University College London, sheds some light on the topic. Called You Are Looking Very Well, the book argues that people are just "averagely happy" in the first third of their lives. That level of contentment declines at mid-life.
"But then, from the mid-forties, people tend to become ever more cheerful and optimistic, perhaps reaching a maximum in their late seventies or eighties", he told the Telegraph.
(More on TIME.com: See the secret to living 100 years)
Several factors are at play, including maturity, diminished responsibilities and the ability to focus on the things that matter rather than chase elusive external goals.
A study by the American National Academy of Sciences has found that the mental state of well-being that we would be prone to associate with youth gradually abandons us as we enter and live through adulthood. It hits rock bottom in the mid-40s. Then, as we've seen, things getter better and our mood would probably peak at the ripe age of 85.
(More on TIME.com: Do we need $75,000 a year to be happy?)
Other research quoted by the article also seems to suggest that some mental faculties do keep on improving with age. Our vocabulary and decision-making skills increase, though we lose math skills.
"Aging is a lot less scary that people are afraid it is," says George Vaillant, 74, curator of the largest longitudinal study on happiness. The study tracked the life of 268 promising young men from their Cambridge years in 1937, and still chugs on today. We sure hope he's right. (via the Telegraph)