One of the few studies that found no age-related differences in well-being over the past year focused on 226 young and older adults living in the Bronx. In this most underserved part of New York City, the elderly often live with their children and grandchildren, helping with meals, school pick-ups, babysitting, and co-parents. The researchers found that they did not have an “age boost” for emotional wellbeing, in part because “the sample was a little” more stressed “than the national averages.”

Despite this crucial distinction, these studies support one of Dr. Carstensen formulated the theory of emotional development and aging that psychologists have debated for years. In this view, their goals and motives at a young age focus on acquiring skills and taking risks in order to prepare for the opportunities that the future might hold. You can’t know if you’re running a good company or on the stage unless you give it a real chance. Do grunt work for little money; To tolerate terrible bosses, bad landlords, needy friends: the mental obstacle course of young adulthood is no less strenuous because it is so predictable.

After the Middle Ages, people become more aware of a narrowing time horizon and begin to be consciously or unconsciously interested in daily activities that are inherently more enjoyable than improving themselves.

They are more inclined to skip the neighborhood meetup to take a friend for a walk around the neighborhood to the local bar or favorite bank. They accepted that the business plan didn’t work, that their paintings are more suited to the cave than a gallery. They have come to accept themselves for what they are and not what they are supposed to become. Even those who lost their jobs during this tragic year and have the prospect of re-entry into the job market – at least they know their skills and know what work is possible.

These differences will be important to account for in the near future, if only to mitigate an increasing generation gap, experts say. A pandemic that began with disproportionately high killing of the elderly also brutally attacked the young, robbed them of normal school days, qualifications, sports, their first jobs or a real social life – and often publicly shamed them if they tried to have one . Now, in a shrinking economy, they are at the very back of the vaccine line.

“I think the older generation, as threatened by Covid, is beginning to say,” My life is nowhere near as disrupted as that of my children or grandchildren, “said Dr. Charles Our focus on spiritual wellbeing should be shifting now turn. “