The ability to savor positive life events is associated with higher emotional well-being; however, few studies have examined savoring ability in older adults. The present study used a longitudinal design to examine changes in perceived savoring abilities and associations with perceived health in older adulthood. Older adults (N = 131) reported on beliefs about savoring and perceived health at baseline and 2 1/2 years later. Perceived anticipation (savoring the future) and reminiscing (savoring the past) abilities declined from baseline to follow-up. Better perceived health at baseline predicted greater perceived reminiscing and anticipation abilities at follow-up. Greater perceived ability to savor the present moment at baseline predicted better perceived health at follow-up. Aging and poorer health focus older adults' thoughts on present-moment pleasures, which may benefit health, but may also lead to reductions in perceived anticipation and reminiscing abilities.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Personality and Individual Differences|
|State||Published - Jan 15 2017|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by the Dana Foundation (to SCS) and the National Institute of Aging ( AG026307-R01 , AG033629-K02 , AG028383-P30 , AG048697-F31 ). The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd
- Affect regulation
- Perceived health
- Savoring beliefs
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychology (all)