- Morning people aren't chipper just as the sun is coming up; they are happier and more satisfied with life overall.
- Older adults, who often are morning people, reported greater positive emotion than younger adults.
- Evening people may be more prone to social jet lag.
Night owls often wake up for work or school with a scowl on their faces and wishing for an IV drip of coffee, while morning people come skipping in 15 minutes early. However, morning people aren't chipper just as the sun is coming up; they are happier and more satisfied with life overall, a new study suggests.
Teenagers' night owl tendencies fade as they age, and the study says this switch to a morning-focused schedule could be why older adults are happier than younger ones.
"Past research has suggested that morning-type people report feeling happier than evening-type people, and this research was only on young adults," study researcher Renee Biss, a graduate student at the University of Toronto, told LiveScience.
The new study looked across the lifespan to see if the morning habits of older individuals contributed to their overall life outlook.