Mid-life crises are absolutely real: study

A new study shows the mid-life crisis is a real and measurable phenomenon. (Fotolia)

A new study shows the mid-life crisis is a real and measurable phenomenon. (Fotolia)

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A new study shows the mid-life crisis is a real and measurable phenomenon.

"We have identified a clear 'U-shape' in human well-being," researcher Terence Cheng said in a release. "The jury's now in. People really do experience mid-life crises."

The University of Melbourne researchers looked at nationally representative household surveys from Australia, Britain and Germany, and concluded that folks are unhappiest in middle age.

"What is interesting is the consistency of the results in all of the three countries we examined. Human happiness hits the lowest point around the ages of 40 to 42," Cheng said.

"Indeed all the more intriguing is that the U-shape pattern has been recently observed in research on great apes. Perhaps we are more similar than we think?"


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