Everyone talks about the downside of getting older, but age does have its advantages. Here are 3 reasons to look forward to your next birthday:
- #1: Older people have more free time. A study in the journal Current Biology found that people in their 40’s and 50’s need 25 minutes less sleep a night than they did when they were younger. Which means, by the time you celebrate your 65th birthday, you’ll have gained an extra hour of awake time every day.
- The next perk of getting older: A new-and-improved attitude. Brain imaging research shows that older people process more information in the part of the brain that stores good memories. Which means, they’re more likely to view things more optimistically.
- And finally: Wisdom really does come with age. According to a study in the journal Psychological Science, older brains are better at tying together different pieces of information. So, it’s easier for seniors to see the big picture and make good decisions on the fly.