AHHH-HA! This is my kind of news. Go Canada!
Aging really is depressing (until 50)
by TRALEE PEARCE
From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
January 30, 2008 at 8:34 AM EST
The biggest risk for a midlife crisis is not divorce, ill health or losing one’s job. It’s merely the act of aging itself.
According to new research published in the current issue of the journal Social Science & Medicine, whether you’re in Canada, Mexico or Malaysia, most of us bottom out in our mid-40s, describing ourselves as unhappy or even depressed.
But here’s the good news: We bounce back and describe ourselves as happier in our 50s and 60s.
Crunching data collected from health and social well-being surveys completed since 1972 by two million people in 80 countries, economist Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick in Britain found that happiness follows a U pattern regardless of geography.
In some cases, Dr. Oswald and his colleagues were able to pinpoint specific ages that represent the nadir of middle-age mental health.
In Britain, 44 is the low point for men and women. In the United States, women reach it at 40, and men hold out until they’re 50. Dr. Oswald says the mid-40s is the stage at which Canadians are most unhappy.
Fantastic news. As a male American, I have only one more year of the doldrums before the genius of aging liberates my mind.
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