Midlife crisis is real


New research published in the latest edition of the Economic Journal suggests that there is some truth behind the concept of the midlife crisis.

According to the paper, a person’s happiness is ‘U-shaped’ throughout their lives – that the average human’s wellbeing hits a low-point in their early 40s before rising again until they reach their 70s – the Guardian reports.

The research tracked 50,000 Australian, British and German adults throughout their lives. Participants were asked to complete life-satisfaction surveys in which they rated their happiness on a scale from 0: very dissatisfied, to 10: very satisfied.

“Following the same men and women through the years of their evolving lives, we show that there is multi-country evidence for a U-shape in the level of human wellbeing,” concluded the study’s authors, economists Terence Cheng, Nick Powdthavee and Andrew Oswald.