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The Happiness Curve

Around our 40s, there's a feeling of malaise and discontentment that can hit us all, even when we're at the top of our game. It turns out it is part of a natural cycle and life gets better after 50.

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Journalist Jonathan Rauch was in his 40s when it hit him. It wasn’t really the so-called mid-life crisis. Rauch defines it as a malaise. He was at the top of his game career-wise, but he simply wasn’t happy. And that feeling sent him on a journey to ask why that should be the case and whether that feeling would ever go away. What he found was that it’s a natural part of the human experience, and it sets us up for a big comeback. He joins us Tuesday to explain why life gets better after 50.

Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and the author of six books. His latest is called The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50. [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

Take the survey Rauch conducted about life satisfaction while researching his book.