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    The Older We Are, the Happier We Get

    Many happy returns. Despite the obvious drawbacks of physical and cognitive deterioration, researchers say that those of advanced age tend to enjoy better mental health and improved ability to handle stress. A recent San Diego-based survey — questioning more than 1,500 residents aged 21 to 99 — shows that twentysomethings are most likely to be stressed and depressed while those in their 90s are the most content. This so-called “paradox of aging” adds to growing evidence that there are substantial pluses for those in their golden years.

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