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"Looking back, what period of your life brought you the most satisfaction"

"Looking back, what period of your life brought you the most satisfaction"

International Journal of Aging & Human Development 45(3): 169-194

Common myths hold that old persons are fixated on childhood memories, that they believe that youth is the best part of life, and that old age contains few satisfactions. Berkeley Older Generation Study members, when asked on two occasions during old age (M ages = 69.8 and 82.7) to name the periods of their lives that brought them the most and the least satisfaction, dispelled these myths. The thirties and forties were popular choices for periods of great satisfaction, but childhood and adolescence were quite unpopular for these old persons. "Right now" was named more often than any other life period as most satisfactory. Men and women did not differ in life periods nominated, but they did differ in the reasons given for their choices. Each period provided its own pattern of satisfactions and disappointments, and strong individual differences were apparent.

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PMID: 9438874

DOI: 10.2190/RAW0-2JXU-XMBJ-3UJY

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