“Whereas younger people are more likely to associate happiness with excitement, older people are more likely to associate happiness with feeling peaceful—a change driven by increasing feelings of connectedness (to others and to the present moment) as one ages.”
As the blog’s resident young person, I thought I would take a stab at this. I think that when people are young they are constantly looking for a way to let out their raging hormones. As a result they partake in activities such as partying, dancing, travel and acting out “hey let’s” scenarios (definition: behavior common among young people generally leading to bad things. The term comes from such sentences as “hey let’s heckle that cop” or “hey let’s climb the water tower)
As a person ages they get utterly worn out by such actions/have too many points on their licence. As such they are more inclined to recline.
It is very hard to know the true definition of happiness. Kids my age try to put up a good front, but really we don’t know what we are doing. Excitement has its perks, and is for many young people, fun. But what is fun or pleasurable is not necessarily what will make us happy.
This is not to say the adults have it right. By our standards being content and peaceful is boring. Who has it right? Are we youngens rash and reckless or are older people docile and boring?