Raelen Mautner Ph.D.
According to the Pew Research Center there are 71.6 million baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) in the United States.Ageism is only one of elements we have to resist as we grow older. If you thought adolescence, young adulthood or trying to be a good parent was tough, just consider some of the “joys” older we must come to terms with as we get up there in years– not the least of which is social and professional “invisibility”. Many face the adversities of losing numerous loved ones, body image issues, health challenges, financial difficulties, and dwindling social lives. Fortunately, the behavioral research reveals a clear path to becoming more resilient in the face of these common life assaults—happiness. And yes, despite the reality of a genetic component to temperament, anyone can learn to increase their current level of happiness, and as a result, increase also their sense of well-being.