Midlife Crisis? Just Another U Shaped Curve

Subsequent research discovered that this age-related U-shape in job satisfaction is part of a much broader phenomenon. A similar midlife nadir is detectable in measures of people’s overall life satisfaction and has been found in more than 50 countries. On average, life satisfaction is high when people are young, then starts to decline in the early 30s, bottoming out between the mid-40s and mid-50s before increasing again to levels as high as during young adulthood. And this U-curve occurs across the entire socio-economic spectrum, hitting senior-level executives as well as blue-collar workers and stay-at-home parents. It affects childless couples as well as single people or parents of four. In short, a mid-career crisis does not discriminate.

Why So Many of Us Experience a Midlife Crisis Harvard Business Review Hannes Schwandt — https://getpocket.com/explore/item/why-so-many-of-us-experience-a-midlife-crisis?utm_source=pocket-newtab

This post originally appeared on Harvard Business Review and was published April 20, 2015. A link popped up on my browser webpage.

U shaped curves are everywhere.

4 thoughts on “Midlife Crisis? Just Another U Shaped Curve

      • Great that you’ve got that vaccine appointment. I’ve had both of my shots, and I’m debating about the double masking. I was reading about that this week.

      • At this point in the pandemic taking customary precautions still applies in my way of thinking. A double mask can’t hurt but only help despite the lack of strong evidence to do so. After our second shots we’ll relax our personal restrictions a little bit but not a lot.

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