I am turning 60. It’s a big birthday. When I was young, I had trouble imagining even getting this far. It seems like only yesterday that my father reached 60…and here I am! In my 40s, I expected to feel bittersweet about this milestone. Or just bitter. Traditionally, 60 is the gateway to old age. […]
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Is the happiness curve everywhere? How big are its implications? Important new research by David Blanchflower, an economist at Dartmouth and pioneering researcher on wellbeing, suggests the answers are yes and quite. The happiness curve is the tendency for life satisfaction to dip in midlife, a pattern which has been found in people around the […]
Here’s a letter from a man I’ll call T that provides a useful reminder that midlife is a treacherous time for many people precisely because it is not an identifiable crisis. T’s situation sounds like mine at age 42: he has a good life, he has ticked all his boxes, yet he itches for something […]
I can’t resist sharing this email from Caroline M. Partly because it is a nice compliment. What author could resist? Mostly, though, because it illustrates one of my book’s most important messages: knowledge is power. If you or someone close to you experiences a midlife emotional slump, you can take steps to alleviate it (see […]
As many books as I have published, I still feel a flush of pride and privilege when a new edition comes out. So it is with great pleasure that I can announce two new editions. One is in Japanese, to be published on June 15 by CCC Media House. I met Kaoru Kobayashi, the editor, […]