Getting Better with Age Is A Researched Fact! [Interesting Study] - Karen Salmansohn

Getting Better with Age Is A Researched Fact! [Interesting Study]

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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.

Dr. Cohen did brain-imaging studies on both young adults and older adults – exposing each group to both positive emotions and negative emotions.

He wanted to see if young people and old people were similarly able to be happy.

And he wanted to see if young people and old people were similarly able to deal with negative 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!

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Positive emotions caused the amygdala to light up the same exact way – and stay lit up for the same amount of time – in both the younger and older groups.

However there was a big difference when it came to processing negative emotions – like fear, rage and envy. The amygdala wound up lighting up less intensely and for a shorter interval in the older group.

Meaning?

As you get older, you might indeed get wiser – because you might not let 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.

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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 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.

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Karen Salmansohn (Founder)

Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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