Booming Happy !

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:

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4 Responses to Booming Happy !

  1. iglengel says:

    Being a child of the 40’s, I can associate with those that find they are the happiest right now but, in my humble opinion, it is a different type of happy.

    Back during the times you mentioned, we were happy, but…….there were always one more thing, or one more commitment, or one more responsibility that made those happy moments short-lived, if you will.

    We all can think back to happy times but when one gets right down to it, I truly believe these times for those of us in our 70s are perhaps the happiest times of our lives. We cannot change what has been, have no knowledge of what is coming, and so why not just enjoy each day we wake up and can see yet another sunrise!

    By the way, I thoroughly enjoy your posts and look forward to reading them. Keep them coming.


    • john graham says:

      Nice to hear from you Irwin and thanks for the thoughtful comment.
      A little Florida sunshine is a good balance to my grumbles. I came to see several of your retirement communities before I started the ExtraCare Charitable Trust and I have vacationed in Florida many times and can see why it is such a good place to retire to.
      Thanks too for your kind remarks about my blog. An American perspective on the issues I talk about is most welcome, as we share many things in common in retirement. So do comment again whenever you like.
      Best wishes with your own blog.
      Regards John.

  2. Cc The National Survey of Health and Development web site:
    Childhood maternal effects of physical health related quality of five decades later: The birth 1946 Birth Cohorts-274670776 (2 papers-1/research findings and 1/ scientific data collecting
    Papers by Mishra GD; Blacks- Stafford M; and Kuhd, and by Cooper and then Kuhd (NSDH-team), By Kuhd later Stafford DM printed/published 2013. Page 14 of 43? (Pages of publications -420 papers in total).
    That is the detail of the paper’s that took my interest.
    Why one may ask? Curiosity say I. If one takes the 1946 quotation of participants, and assumes that they were representative of society then, I have questions?
    Of the 1946 participants as born, assuming they were 100% representative of the population then? Now in this year and there time of life:
    1/ how many survive
    2/ how many have ailments from childhood that have befallen then? Such as epilepsy, down syndrome, aspergils (As we now categorise certain sufferers)
    3/ how many suffer from the effects of rubella and measles, small pox etc.
    4/ How many suffer medical and mental ailments in some cases due to the after effects modern drugs _since their introduction post 1946?
    5/ Thalidomide cases?
    6/ Generic gene disorders
    7/ Dementia, or a combination of all the above and senile dementia, and alzhimiers?
    Plus any others one may draw into the pool of participants.
    This I hope is not an ideal question, but to shine a ray of light onto the society of our day who are now pensionable and reaching an age in life were support is required.
    I do not know if you have worked out percentages of be repulsed by the idea from the original 1946 births, but what are they I do not know? And even what the percentage survival rate is from the 100% participants of 1946 births, as off today 2016.
    A Riddle-conundrum in an enclosed society, however one may wish to define it. What is normal, and what is the actual percentages of those defined in questions 1-7 above, of our society today.
    The first consideration is what is normal with respect to heath and development, general welfare, at retirement/pensionable age (Those born in 1946 or earlier-maybe even later?).
    I note that in certain communities where volunteers are requested, the solution is intriguing and enervative, and what follows if a person volunteers are they, or do they have a right to be considered part of that community? Not the greater community, for which they have the right but that local one, and are they to be intermingled and entwined/integrated? May be a call of conscious, but I do wish this paper as highlighted above would address the issue and offer some wisdom, with respect to possible percentages of life,s ailments that have befallen a typical UK society, today approaching the golden years of life..

  3. as iglengel, has reminisced, youth and growing up has its moments, sometimes hard, some times pure gold, grandparents, family reunions, days out at the seaside, ones own children, and now in later life sharing a few of these times with loved and cherished ones, and some of the older generation who too have had their own moments in life’s rich pattern.
    I am lucky, I have a strong family with its many ties and many connections, with places visited: Then their is my working life with whom I shared in part with Molly, as we sailed on a tanker ( while I worked as a seaman) straight after we were married for some 15-18 months, before our children were born, and then our rich tapestry of family life with our kids, and now in our golden years rekindling those joys with our grandchildren, and now great grand children.
    Life is for living, and to reflect, love, and reminisce, with sometimes pleasure and sometimes sorrow, but always with a smile!!

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