Life gets more enjoyable as time goes on, say scientists who found that older people report greater levels of happiness than their younger counterparts.
A study on emotional perception found that, as we get older, we stop noticing when people around us are angry – a feature also found in children.
We also get better at picking up on when someone is happy, making the world a more pleasant place in our experience than it may actually be.
Middle aged people are the least happy, experts found, reporting higher levels of fear and anger.
The study is one of the largest of its kind to examine how people detect changes in social cues and how our emotions intensify or diminish as we get older.