For many people, the pursuit of happiness is the driving force behind the choices they make. The issue is figuring out what makes you happy so that you can devote your time to it. Interestingly, the things that make us happy significantly change the older we get.
According to a recent study set to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research, we thrive off of extraordinary experiences in our youth – in other words, uncommon, infrequent, and potentially adrenaline-pumping events. For some, this might mean skydiving; for others, it could mean meeting new, interesting individuals.
While most people still value the extraordinary well into old age, their perspective of the ordinary – common, day-to-day occurrences – changes. As we age, we are more likely to derive joy from events a younger person might view as mundane. For example, sharing a meal with your loved ones or walking your dog.