The good life begins at 50
According to the study, carried out at Stony Brook University, in New York, falling levels of stress and worry, a longer life and better health mean life begins at 50.
Instead of taking a backseat, older adults now pursue fulfillment in a more active and vigorous middle age, reports The Daily Express.
In the study, boffins found that older folks benefited from a "positivity effect" meaning they recalled fewer bad memories, had more emotional control and an ability to see things positively.
The US study of 340,000 people was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study found variables like having children or no job had no effect on age-related patterns of well being.