We always knew that happiness means different things to different people. Recent research seems to indicate that what constitutes happiness to one is also a factor of age. A recent article in the DNA of August 5 speaks of this scientific study. According to the researchers, 60 % of happiness for younger people was based on feelings of excitement. For older people, however, 80 % of happiness was based on levels of contentment.
Professor Cassie Mogilner and her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania said they found two distinct types of happiness one based on excitement and the other based on peacefulness/contentment. It is evident that the orientation of people in different age groups also vary. Younger people are generally more interested in the future while as older people place higher value on the present. This leads to their placing higher weightage for excitement and contentment respectively.