I love to read studies, especially studies about retirement and happiness. The great thing about writing about studies is that you can pretty much find a study to support whatever it is you really want to say, which is another reason I love to read studies.
This week there was a study published by CNN that said that 80 percent of boomers “are pessimistic about the current direction of the United States.” It also said that boomers reported “less overall life satisfaction during their adulthood than have previous generations.” In a nutshell, CNN concluded that “boomers are in a funk.” This isn’t a study I would normally link to, because it doesn’t really say something I would want to say.
Luckily, two days later an AARP study was released that found that 82 percent of boomers turning 65 next year are optimistic about the next five years. It also found that 78 percent of respondents were satisfied with the way things are going in their lives. This is the kind of study I would be more incline to write about.
Of course, I have a natural tendency toward optimism, so when I read the CNN article, I think the question about “the current direction of the United States,” may not be the best litmus test to conclude that boomers are really in a funk. I’m thinking if 78 percent of respondents in the AARP study are satisfied with the way things are going in their lives, they either disagree with the 80 percent of boomers that think the U.S. is heading off a cliff, or perhaps the direction of the U.S. isn’t really something that’s weighing all that heavily on how people feel about their lives.
For more studies saying things I want to say, read my post over at U.S. News, “Why Retirement is the Happiest Stage of Life.”
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