My blogs at the start of 2016 have had a grumbly theme in spite of my best efforts. Unhappy GP’s dominated my early thoughts — I must recommend them a pill to lift their mood 😄 Then my mind was moved to the troubles of Age UK which still persist today😩 Now at last some welcome relief, I stumbled across some good news 😃
The National Survey of Health and Development. I had never heard of it before, but it makes very interesting reading. It is a longitudinal research study which started the year before I was born, and follows the lives of 3000 people who were born in 1946. It has tracked their health and wellbeing ever since. It is the lucky baby boomer generation that I was born into.
The original group of people have been surveyed annually. Over 40 books and numerous research papers have been published commenting on the findings of the research. An excellent book entitled “The Life Project” and written by research journalist Helen Pearson, describes how the research has been used over the years.
Seventy years on the cohort group reported that they have reached a time when they are happiest in their lives. They feel more confident, cheerful, optimistic, useful and relaxed. I wonder where they were in the swinging 60’s ? Or when they first went out on a date? Or when they got their first job/ pay packet ? Or how about when they got married or had their first child ? Or even a first car or a holiday abroad ?
The researchers must have discovered a group of people who have led very sheltered lives —– or perhaps they have just forgotten the good times 😄 Or maybe it is just that the reality is, that: