- Analysis revealed that people become more trusting as they get older
- A study shows people who trust more experience increases in happiness over time
New research from Buffalo University and Northwestern University hints at one possible reason behind this improvements in well-being -- people are more trusting as they age, which in turn carries a number of benefits for their well-being.
"When we think of old age, we often think of decline and loss," Claudia Haase, a professor of social policy at Northwestern and one of the study's authors, said in a statement. "But a growing body of research shows that some things actually get better as we age."
In the first study, researchers studied the link between age and trust in a sample of nearly 200,000 people from 83 countries at different points in the past 30 years. A second study followed over 1,200 Americans of different ages (Millennials, Gen X and Baby Boomers) over time.