Accepting aging and health deterioration 4 67 Having no worries about the future 5 83 Note: N=6. General = category applied to all the cases (100%). Typical = category applied to more than 4 cases (more than 60%). Variant = category applied to fewer than half the cases but at least 2 cases (30%). For 67 percent of them, the elderly were happy if they had no major regrets about their past. Whereas 83% of the administrators perceived them to be happy if they were satisfied with the present stage of life, and for 67% it consisted also in their ability to accept aging and age related physical decline.
All the administrators (100%) thought their happiness basically depended on total surrender to the will of God (100%), and among the six, five of them(83%) considered having no worries about the future an important aspect of happiness among the elderly. Sample responses to this effect were: If we take the elderly, on the whole they are happy. This happiness varies from person to person. Those who feel that they have done their duties in life they have a sense of satisfaction. After all, those who were basically happy out there are happy here also.
Sometimes little things can upset them. It mostly because of their age¦ill-health etc. Many of them have learned to cope with their present state of life and they seem to be peaceful and happy to a great extent as apparently they have reconciled with the past. Most of them have strong faith and they keep their trust in God about future. More than anything else, it helps. Indicators of Cognitive Component of SWB as Perceived by the Administrators There were two general responses. It is shown in Table 2.
As per the perception of the administrators (100%), the elderly believed that life was Gods gift to them and one should be grateful for that gift. They also are of the opinion that the elderly believe that their future lies in the hands of God. According to 67% of the administrators, the elderly seemed to believe that that contentment in life resulted from how one lived his or her life; and such lives would experience minimum regrets about the past (87%). They also perceived (50%) that accepting the present way leads one to happiness.
There was a consensus on their perception on the following aspects: that the future lies in the hands of God, and there is an eternal reward waiting at the end of this life here. The following excerpts would support the findings of the study depicted in the table. They are all intelligent people, well-bred and well-educated. They have enjoyed affluence in life. To accept this sort of life at this age, they need to control their feelings with their thinking and reason. Otherwise they will go into self-pity and depression.
Many have gone through that. One thing¦holding on to God and hoping for the eternal reward helps¦once this is done¦more or less they are able to accept the life in an old age home and slowly begin to smile and be happy¦ Table 2. Administrators Perception on the Cognitive Component of SWB among the Elderly Domain Categories f P Cognitive Component Belief that life is a gift and that one must be grateful to God 6 100 Belief that the future is in the hands of God 6 100 Conviction that eternal reward is awaiting them 6 100.
A well-lived life is marked by having no regrets about the past 5 87 Contentment is a by-product of how one lived ones life 4 67 Accepting the present helps one to be happy 3 50 Note: N=6. General = category applied to all the cases (100%). Typical = category applied to more than 4 cases (more than 60%). Variant = category applied to fewer than half the cases but at least 2 cases (30%). Many of them believe that they are better of in the sense that they have had everything in life.
Family, children, wealth, name¦success¦And believe that those were given by God. Even the money that they have now to live in Gladys Spellman is a god given gift although many of them have earned it with their own sweat¦and they should be grateful to God for that. I have heard many of them consoling themselves while conversing with me that God has given them life and everything in it¦and despite the little difficulties they should be happy and grateful¦Many of the elderly express a sense of gratitude toward God for their life, health and sagacity.