Does the meaning of “happiness” change as we age?

The research finds that the meaning of happiness shifts as people age: Whereas younger people are more likely to associate happiness with excitement, older people are more likely to associate happiness with feeling peaceful—a change driven by increasing feelings of connectedness (to others and to the present moment) as one ages.

Source: “The Meaning(s) of Happiness” from Stanford Graduate School of Business Research Paper Series #2026

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