Older people are happier than you. Why?

Story highlights

  • Analysis revealed that people become more trusting as they get older
  • A study shows people who trust more experience increases in happiness over time

(CNN)A number of studies have demonstrated a major upside to getting older: As people age, they tend to become happier and more satisfied with their lives.

New research from Buffalo University and Northwestern University hints at one possible reason behind this improvements in well-being -- people are more trusting as they age, which in turn carries a number of benefits for their well-being.
      "When we think of old age, we often think of decline and loss," Claudia Haase, a professor of social policy at Northwestern and one of the study's authors, said in a statement. "But a growing body of research shows that some things actually get better as we age."
      In the first study, researchers studied the link between age and trust in a sample of nearly 200,000 people from 83 countries at different points in the past 30 years. A second study followed over 1,200 Americans of different ages (Millennials, Gen X and Baby Boomers) over time.