Riding the Happiness Curve


On my 50th birthday – just this past week – my wife sent me an article reviewing Jonathan Rauch’s new book, The Happiness Curve. In his book, Rauch reviews the scientific and economic literature on happiness and concludes that – barring external adverse circumstances - personal happiness starts to grow after age 50.

It’s a refreshing change from the stereotypical “mid-life crisis.” His view of the data is rather that the evidence points to a mid-life “slump,” and we are better equipped to emerge from it through a focus on connection rather than competition. As we age, research shows that older people feel less stress and regret, dwell less on negative information and are better able to regulate their emotions.