A Gallup poll has found that people become happier as they grow older, with those in their 80s more content than those at age 18. So the line in the song, "The springtime of life is the best time of all," is totally wrong: All of us should eagerly welcome the coming of the sere and yellow leaf of old age.
Just why people become happier in old age seems to puzzle researchers. In hopes of clearing up this mystery, I give you the following ten reasons:
10. Your (impossible) kids are out of the house – and, God willing, have good-paying jobs and don't need financial help.
9. You don't have to work anymore! No blithering-idiot bosses ready to blame everything that goes wrong on you – no back-stabbing colleagues – no commuting – no anxiety about being fired. (At a magazine where I once worked, unfortunate employees were told on Fridays at 3 p.m. that they had to be out by 5. A lot of anxiety in the office on Fridays as the clock ticked toward 3 p.m.)