Older Immigrants ‘More Satisfied’ Than Natives
Most people who immigrated to the United States for a chance to live the “American Dream” are more satisfied with their lives in the “land of the free” than those who were born in the US, according to new research from Florida State University.
A team of researchers, including FSU Assistant Professor of Sociology Dawn Carr, found immigrants from white, Hispanic and other racial groups have higher levels of happiness and overall life satisfaction than those born in the United States.
Carr said: “We discovered that people who are foreign-born and living in the United States do have higher levels of life satisfaction.
“We examined life satisfaction because it is a useful global measure for understanding how people are doing on the whole with regard to how they feel about their life.
“It’s a good way of capturing their overall well-being.”
Carr added: “The older adult immigrants in our sample adjusted to life in the United States, and they’re thriving more than their native-born counterparts.”
Researchers examined data from more than 7,000 participants 60 years and older who were surveyed for the most recent wave of the Health and Retirement Study in 2014.
This study is the largest and most comprehensive study of older adults in the US.
The work undertaken points towards an old adage of a life mission with a vision of betterment as key to one’s life satisfaction.
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