Do we get wiser with age?


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It is a common belief that people get wiser as they grow older. The idea that old age is the time of life when one becomes most wise has been around for centuries. But what’s the reason behind this? It could be that wisdom is simply an age-old skill and that people learn more as they get older, or it could be something else entirely.

According to some studies, it seems that this might be true. Older adults are more likely to show better decision-making skills, and have a better understanding of their own personality traits and those of other people.


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  • experience (noun)
  • generation (noun)
  • pay attention to (idiom)
  • wise (adjective)
  • judgement (noun)

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Do we get wiser with age?

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There is a lot of debate on whether we get wiser with age, but I believe that wisdom comes from experience. The older we get, the more experiences we have to draw from. We may not always make the best decisions, but hopefully, we learn from our mistakes. With each passing year, we have the opportunity to grow and become better versions of ourselves. So while age may not necessarily bring wisdom, it does give us the chance to acquire it.

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  • Do you listen to old people in a different way to younger people?
  • Do you think peoples opinions are more valid they older they are?
  • What do you think it means to be wise?
  • Do you think old people are wiser? why?
  • Can young people be wise too?

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