We want to keep some memories of our lives. Physiological and emotional factors can make it difficult for us. Studies show that cheerful and enthusiastic people retain a better memory during natural aging.
Memory Decline Study
A new study published in the journal Psychological Science found that cheerful and optimistic people lose memory more slowly due to aging. The national study involved 991 middle-aged adults. The study lasted nine years in three time periods from 1995 to 2014.
Researchers have examined the links with several factors, such as age, gender, education, and depression. Study participants reported positive emotions they had experienced over the past 30 days. Finally, they underwent memory tests.
“Our findings showed that memory declined with age,” said Claudia Haase, an associate professor at Northwestern University and senior author on the paper. “However, individuals with higher levels of positive affect had a less steep memory decline over the course of almost a decade,” added Emily Hittner, a Ph.D. graduate of Northwestern University and the paper’s lead author.
Happiness Is a State of Mind
A healthy lifestyle, exercise in the fresh air, and low stress are other factors that affect memory. We all age one day, and everyone has a different level of memory.
How to maintain a positive attitude and a better memory? Look at things from the better side. Don’t look for problems where they aren’t. Enjoy the little things. Be grateful for what you have. Take time for yourself and meditate. Let’s keep beautiful and happy memories in the autumn of life.