The Benefits of Savoring Life: Savoring as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Health and Life Satisfaction in Older Adults.

Jennifer L Smith
Jennifer L Smith
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
United Kingdom
Fred B Bryant
Fred B Bryant
Loyola University Chicago
United States

Int J Aging Hum Dev 2016 Dec 22;84(1):3-23. Epub 2016 Sep 22.

2 Loyola University Chicago, IL, USA.

We investigated the protective impact of savoring capacity on the relationship between physical health and psychological well-being among older adults. A total of 266 adults over 55 years old ( Mean = 73.4 years) completed measures of savoring ability, self-reported health, and life satisfaction. Savoring ability moderated the relationship between health and life satisfaction in older adults. Among people with less savoring ability, poor health was associated with lower life satisfaction. In contrast, people with greater savoring ability maintained higher life satisfaction, regardless of their level of health. These effects were consistent across a variety of different aspects of health, including general health, pain, limitations due to physical health, energy, and social functioning. These findings have direct implications for developing positive interventions to support the psychological well-being of older adults.

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