Is the “midlife crisis” a real thing?

two middle-aged men
Photo by Mauro Paillex

Middle age is often seen as life’s pivot point. A hill has been climbed and the view over the other side is unsettling. As Victor Hugo said: “forty is the old age of youth” and “fifty the youth of old age”. The idea adults in midlife face a dark night of the soul – or … Read more

Midlife crisis is but a myth – Life actually gets better

happy middle-aged
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Happiness declines as you move from your glorious youth to adulthood and midlife, they say. Not true, argues a longitudinal study from Canada, claiming that the overall trajectory of happiness points upwards well into our midlife years. A quarter of a century of life A paper, based on data drawn from a 25-year longitudinal study … Read more