Subjective Age — a person’s feeling of how old they are — is more strongly associated with bad moods and stress than physical pain.
Overall, these chirpy participants mostly tended to feel substantially younger than their actual age, by between 12 and 15 years on average. However, for most participants, their subjective age fluctuated from one day to another, and these variations correlated with most of the other measures taken. On average, people felt subjectively older on days that they experienced more bad moods, and/or stressors and/or more physical symptoms. Subjective age was most strongly associated with the scores for bad moods and stressors, and was less strongly associated with the scores for physical symptoms and pain (and unlike negative moods, positive moods were not correlated with subjective age). (html)
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