01/18/2013 02:44 pm ET

Why Am I Getting Mellower?

You are a member in good standing of an elite group dedicated to the proposition that the pursuit of happiness is for suckers. “Baby Boomers: The Gloomiest Generation,” is how the Pew Research Center put it a few years ago after conducting a survey.

But some of you seem to have a secret. You are getting happier as you get older. Or if not happier, at least more content. “Why don’t things bother me anymore?” one colleague asked recently.

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