Surviving Mid Life blues
Researchers have found that, regardless of life circumstances (income, career, family, etc.), most of us reach the lowest point on our individual happiness curve in midlife (mid 40’s to early 50’s). The reason is unclear, but researchers suspect it has to do with unmet expectations. In other words, we feel disappointed that our present reality is not what our younger selves thought our future would be. To make things worse, we then feel guilty for feeling glum because our lives are not really that bad. But there is good news. As we get older, the pattern apparently reverses and we realize we’re happier than we thought we would be.