There are benefits to growing older – besides the discounted movies tickets. There’s actually some scientific proof that we get better with age!
Dr. Gene Cohen did a lot of exploration on the brain as it ages. In particular, Cohen explored the brains “amygdala” – which is the part of the brain that processes emotions.
So he took a peek at their amygdala – to see how each age group’s amygdala lit up – and how long it stayed lit up.
His results were interesting!
The amygdala wound up lighting up less intensely – and for a shorter interval – in the group of older people.
Meaning? As you get older, you indeed get wiser. Because you do not let negative things get to you as much – or for as long.
As Cohen says: “I think that after 50 there’s a new senior moment. A creative moment, characterized by your inner voice saying, ‘What can they do to me?’”
I gotta say, I personally relate to Cohen’s findings.
I’ve found that as I’ve gotten older I don’t get as upset by things.
Maybe it’s because I’ve witnessed many times by now how “this too shall pass” is a true story.
Plus…maybe it’s because I’ve gained confidence overtime. I know that whatever challenging event happens to me, I have the inner ability to handle it.
After all, I’ve survived 100% of the tough times in my life – and that’s a pretty good track record to have.
Me too! I went on a 2 year quest to learn everything I could about aging, dementia and longevity!