As Time Goes By: Gerontological and Life Course Musings

  • Linda K. George
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


When I was a senior in high school, everyone in my class was asked to submit his or her aspiration, to be printed under our pictures in the year book. While my classmates were submitting such aspirations as “work for a tire company,” “be a beautician,” and “drive a truck,” I submitted the ambition “to be happy.” Mrs. Ludwig, the English teacher supervising the year book, said that my aspiration was “unsuitable” and told me to come up with an acceptable alternative. But I was not to be dissuaded and this can be verified by looking at the 1965 Highland High School year book where, under my smiling picture, are the words “to be happy.” I had no inkling then that I would spend about equal portions of my life course being happy and studying happiness.


Life Satisfaction Baby Boomer Late Life Early Cohort Cohort Difference 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Center for the Study of AgingDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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