Who can escape the midlife crisis? By studying the “happiness index” of people in various countries, a new US study seems to reveal a phenomenon of “all the way” : humanbeing is the “most depressed” moment in his life at the age of forty-seven and eight, and there is no obvious correlation between this state of mind and objective factors such as geography or income.
Branfaro, an economics professor at Dartmouth College in the US, is trying to find a link between age and well-being by analyzing data samples from 132 countries around the world, the Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. In the course of his research, he set parameters for “unhappiness” such as “desperation, loneliness, anxiety, sadness, stress, panic” – these negative emotions, according to the New York Post, are basically “standard” in a “midlife crisis.”
The study found that people in different countries at different ages of the “happiness curve” shows striking similarity: into the year, people’s happiness obviously went downhill, and at the age of forty-seven eight years into the “low point of life.” The researchers also looked at developed and developing countries separately and found that the former had a “middle-aged crisis peak” of 47.2 years, compared with 48.2 years. And after the age of 50, people’s happiness will pick up, and gradually towards the “second spring” of life. It is worth mentioning that this model is much the same in the world, and there is no obvious correlation with income level and longevity.
According to Branfaro, the “midlife crisis” is linked to changing attitudes: ambitious young, and frustrated when they find out later that they are not born. In addition, the disconnect between certain social relations, the failure of marriage, the separation of children will cause a significant blow to the middle-aged population. The scholar even ventured to suggest that the human “midlife crisis” was not only a social psychological problem, but even a biological one, and that human genes might have been written already in the human genome, because many primates, such as monkeys and orangutans, would enter the depression at a certain age, providing some biological evidence.
According to the Guardian, the “happiness curve” is indeed similar to that of humans, which has been studied by academics as early as 2012 on hundreds of primates around the world. The study found that the “ape lows” of the animals studied were between 27.2 and 28.3 years old, just as they could be converted into the “middle-aged” period of humans.