Do you find yourself holding your breath, waiting for the mid-life crisis bug to finally hit you as you slowly creep into your early 40s? Turns out you can let out a sign of relief because this so-called crisis apparently doesn’t exist.
New research from the University of Alberta, published in the academic journal Developmental Psychology, says there’s no such thing as a mid-life crisis. Rather, people are much happier during this stage of their life. The “Up, Not Down” study tracked a group of Edmonton high school students for 25 years and graduating university students for 14 years. At different ages all (1,500 of them) were posed with the same question, “How happy are you with your life?” It turns out, happiness for both groups rose as people moved on from their late teens and early 20s into their early 40s.
“I think it’s because life is more difficult for younger people than for people in middle age,” said lead researcher and psychology professor Nancy Galambos who conducted the study.
In your face 20 year olds!