In 2012, AARP released a study titled “Beyond Happiness: Thriving,” which explored what happiness means to adults and what it takes to thrive as they age. AARP surveyed more than 4,000 Americans ages 35-80, including African Americans/blacks. Regardless of age, relationships were found to be universally important and key drivers of happiness.
Among African Americans/blacks age 50 and over, family, relationships and faith top the list of experiences that contribute to personal happiness. The most significant were:
- Watching your children, grandchildren or close relative succeed in what they want to do
- Kissing or hugging someone you love
- Practicing your religious or spiritual faith
- Feeling like a really important prayer was answered
For more information about this research, contact: Vicki Gelfeld, AARP Research, firstname.lastname@example.org; Yuko Araki, Multicultural Markets & Engagement, email@example.com; or Manjushree Majhi, AARP Research, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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