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Older adults happier, psychologists ask why

A growing amount of research suggests that older adults are, on average, happier than their younger counterparts. While this very well may be the case, scientists have been unable to point to exactly why it is. Now, two psychologists are leading the charge find out, SeniorJournal.com reports.

There are a number of competing theories floating around as to why baby boomers and older adults are happier than their younger counterparts. Derek M. Isaacowitz, who recently wrote about the phenomenon in Perspectives on Psychological Science, believes that it may be because older adults are more apt to focus on positive events rather than negative ones.

Additionally, others believe it's because they place a greater emphasis on well-being and their overall mood. Still, while the hypotheses are good, there's little evidence to back them up.

"There is a lot of good theory about this age difference in happiness, but much of the research does not provide direct evidence," Isaacowitz told the website.

One method that has been proven to have a positive impact on mental health is getting outside. Psychology Today reports staying active outside results in an improved mood. At Del Webb Sweetgrass there are plenty of opportunities to do so thanks to extensive community walking trails and nature areas, plus nearby Brazos Bend State Park. The community also features 50-acres of water on site including Rabb's Bayou, while the rolling topography creates country-like views of the area with plenty of opportunities to view wildlife in its natural habitat.

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