Old, Dumb and Happy

They say that ignorance is bliss. Now Scottish researchers tell us that intelligence is irrelevant to a happy old age: “Intelligence may lead to a better paid job and quality of life but, in old age, cleverness has no effect on happiness”.

“We found no association between levels of mental ability and reported happiness, which is quite surprising because intelligence is highly valued in our society,” says Alan Gow.

Good thing, too. Because I know that I’m getting stupider as I get older.

Of course the Scotts are not known as a particularly happy people. I often quote this cheery Scottish birthday greeting:

You’re born in pain.
You live in fear.
You die alone.

Happy Birthday

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