By Tadas Viskanta
December 19, 2017
Getting old sucks.
That is, up until a point.
There is a lot of research that backs up this idea of happiness declining for the better part of four decades until we are solidly in our fifties. There are a number of reasons why our happiness, on average, traces out this U-shape. Financial Samurai proposes three reasons:
- Hedonic adaption;
- Responsibility for two generations; and
- Declining health.
There is some evidence from primates that this dip in life satisfaction may be inherent, i.e. not a human construct. More...