After a 25-year long study conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta, it has been concluded that the mid-life crisis that is supposed to occur to all of us, is a myth!
The study proves that middle-age adults are happier than their younger counterparts. It was once suspected that our teen and early 20s were the happiest times in our life, but it has been determined that this is a point where the curve of happiness starts to go up and continues to climb into middle-age.
The study followed two groups: Canadian high school seniors, as they aged from 18 to 43, and university seniors, as they aged from 23 to 37. Happiness for both groups increased well into their 30s, and was only seen to dip slightly at age 43 for the high school sample. While the study showed that the most rapid rise in happiness occurred at 18 and at 43, it was determined that this could not be considered a construct for when a crisis could occur.
The U of A study and others like it, one of the researchers suggests that “there can be a crisis at any time in life, and it is not confined to any particular age period.”
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