Well I, at least, can take a positive spin on this.
The mid-life crisis is real, study suggests, as economist pinpoints age of peak misery as 47.2 – The Telegraph
“Something very natural is going on here… maybe there’s something in the genes,” he said. “When you have this pattern in 132 countries, the reality is, it was really hard to not find it.”
In his paper entitled: ‘Is happiness U-shaped everywhere?’ and published yesterday by the National Bureau for Economic Research (NBER), Professor Blanchflower said that averaging across 257 individual country estimates from developing countries gives an age minimum of 48.2 for well-being, and doing the same across the 187 country estimates for advanced countries gives a similar minimum of 47.2.
As a 47.8 year old, I’ve officially passed the nadir so can look forward to a continuing surge in happiness levels from now on!
Just parking this opposing article here, in case I need to refer to it later…
How to stave off depression in later life – Patient
Whether it’s moving from work into retirement or dealing with the loss of a loved one, it’s evident that the stresses and feelings of isolation in later life can take their toll. And it may come as little surprise that nearly half of all adults aged 55 and over said they had experienced depression, according to a recent survey by Age UK.