New research suggests there’s no such thing as a mid-life crisis, it’s more like mid-life bliss.
A study called “Up, Not Down” out of the University of Alberta surveyed the same 1,500 people for up to 25 years.
Psychology professor and lead researcher Nancy Galambos says the data found people were actually happier in their early 40s than when they were young adults. She says that’s because life is more difficult for younger people than for people in middle age.
“I think that part of it is the contrast between the late teens and early twenties when people now-a-days don’t know what they’re going to be doing, there’s a lot of uncertainty,” said Galambos.
“But, by middle age, a lot of people have worked that out and are quite satisfied, and they’re through the earliest child bearing years.”
Galambos says the study showed a slight dip in happiness between ages 32 and 43, but they were happier compared to when they were in their late teens and early 20s.
The study tracked a group of Edmonton high schools students for 25 years and another group of graduating university students for 14.
The study was published in the academic journal Developmental Psychology.