Health, The Good Life
There’s new evidence that the so-called mid-life crisis is a universal phenomenon. But the good news is once it’s over, we get happier as we get older. According to the journal Social Science & Medicine, when it comes to being unhappy most of us bottom out in our mid-40s. Then we bounce back and become happier in our 50s and 60s. This finding is based on surveys completed by two million people in 80 countries since 1972. The research found that happiness follows a U pattern – with peaks in early and later life, and the bottom around the mid-forties – and it happens this way regardless of geography, gender,or economic status.
The researchers like this as a possible explanation. They say in our 40s, we come face to face with our unfulfilled dreams, and admit our personal weaknesses. But this may be a healthy way station we pass on the way to celebrating our strengths.