Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Buddhism, Ageing and Acceptance

Acceptance Of What Can't Be Changed

 Is Key To Satisfaction In Later Life, Research Shows

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted:   |  Updated: 07/12/2013 5:35 pm EDT

Buddhist teachings on happiness have long held that accepting that which cannot be changed or controlled is key to reducing suffering. Now, this ancient doctrine has science on its side: A new study has found that during the difficult changes of later life -- moving into residential care and losing a certain level of independence -- an acceptance of what can't be changed is a major predictor of life satisfaction.

Researchers at Deakin University in Australia found that when it comes to life satisfaction in one's later years, the ability to accept what cannot be changed is equally important to the feeling of being able to exert control over one's life.

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