Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Age and happiness: The U-bend of life (Not good news for this 40-year-old.)

Age and happiness: The U-bend of life | The Economist:

Image via The Economist

When people start out on adult life, they are, on average, pretty cheerful. Things go downhill from youth to middle age until they reach a nadir commonly known as the mid-life crisis. So far, so familiar. The surprising part happens after that. Although as people move towards old age they lose things they treasure—vitality, mental sharpness and looks—they also gain what people spend their lives pursuing: happiness.

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