Happiness curve: forty-eight years old is the happiest

No one can escape the middle-aged crisis? By studying the “happiness index” of people in various countries, a recent study in the United States seems to reveal a “one size fits all” phenomenon: human beings are the “most depressed” moment in their lives at the age of forty-eight. The state is not significantly related to objective factors such as geographical location and income.

The British “Daily Telegraph” reported on the 14th that Branfaro, a professor of economics at Dartmouth College in the United States, tried to find the relationship between age and happiness by analyzing data samples from 132 countries around the world. During the research, the key words he set for “unhappiness” are “despair, loneliness, anxiety, sadness, stress, panic”, etc.-According to the New York Post, these negative emotions are basically “Standard” in “Middle Age Crisis”.

The study found that the “happiness curves” of people of different countries in different age groups show amazing similarities: when they enter the age of no confusion, people’s happiness obviously goes downhill, and when they are 47 or 8 years old, they enter the “low life “. Researchers also conducted separate statistics on developed and developing countries and found that the average “peak of middle age crisis” for the former was 47.2 years, and the latter was 48.2 years. After the age of 50, people’s happiness will pick up and gradually move towards the “second spring” of life. It is worth mentioning that this model is similar in all countries in the world, and has no obvious relationship with income levels and life spans.

Branfalo believes that the “middle-aged crisis” is closely related to changes in people’s mentality: ambitious when young, only to find that life is not good in middle age, so it will be frustrating. In addition, disconnection from certain social relationships, marriage failures, and children’s departure from their nests will cause a significant blow to middle-aged people. This scholar even made a bold speculation that the “middle-aged crisis” of human beings is not only a social psychology problem, but even a biological problem. Maybe it has already been written into human genes; because many primates— -For example, monkeys and orangutans also enter “depression” at a certain age, which provides biological evidence to some extent.

According to the British “Guardian”, in fact, as early as 2012, the academic circles have studied hundreds of primates in the world, and the “happiness curve” obtained by them is indeed similar to humans. The study found that the “anthropogenic trough” of these animals was between 27.2 and 28.3 years old, which can be converted into the “middle age” period of humans.