You are likely to be most miserable at age 47, study shows

A research examining the relationship between age and well-being in 132 countries found that the peak of life’s misery enters at the age of 47.

David Blanchflower, former Bank of England policymaker and professor at Dartmouth College, wrote:

“Ceteris paribus, a typical individual’s well-being reaches its minimum on both sides of the Atlantic and for both males and females in middle age.”

To further measure the study, Blanchflower looked at data from 500,000 West Europeans and Americans randomly sampled. He discovered that each country has a “happiness curve “meaning, happiness follows a U-shaped flight. People usually reach a peak of unhappiness in the middle of their lives, with great experiences of happiness in old age and youth.

Blanchflower based this on being valid for the majority of people in all 132 countries, even after reducing other impacts on life satisfaction and happiness, such as marriage, education and income. It supports the notion that age has an effect on general happiness that is independent of everything else that occurs in a person’s life.

Blanchflower wrote, “The curve’s trajectory holds true in countries where the median wage is high and where it is not and where people tend to live longer and where they don’t.”

There was a marginally larger gap in the U.S. between the maximum male unhappiness and that of their female similarities. Happiness among males in America reaches a minimum in the early 50s, while females experience pinnacle unhappiness around the end of the 30s. Cited contentment of life for both women and men in Europe hits its lowest point in the mid-40s.


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