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New findings on aging

An article in Science Daily discusses recent research studies with older people which have found that older people are better than younger people at adopting a positive view of stressful situations and of empathizing with others.   One study found that "emotional intelligence and cognitive skills can actually sharpen as we enter our 60s, giving older people an advantage in the workplace and in personal relationships."   An earlier study had found that older adults were better at using "positive reappraisal" as a coping mechanism to deal with unpleasant things.  And yet another study found that older people had a more heightened sensitivity to sadness.   Despite conventional wisdom, sadness is a healthy sign and not necessarily a precursor to depression.  Sadness can help people cope with the losses they experience and help them assist others in coping with theirs.


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