Is there really any such thing as a mid life crisis – according to researchers at the University of Alberta – nope. In fact, their studies find that we are happier at middle age than we are when we are in our twenties.
The research team followed two groups: Canadian high-school seniors from ages 18 to 43 and university seniors from ages 23 to 37. Happiness for both groups increased into the 30s, the study says. There was a drop by age 43 in the high-school sample, but both studies showed a rise in happiness as people aged.
Other findings from the study:
- Happiness rises fastest between age 18 and well into the 30s.
- Happiness is higher in years when people are married and in better physical health, and lower in years when people are unemployed.
- The rise in happiness between the teens and early 40s is not consistent with a mid-life crisis.