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Research studies midlife crisis
We may sometimes joke about it -- but turns out that having a mid-life crisis is a very real and there's some new research behind it.
The research suggests that our well-being follows a U shape over our life -- meaning there is a dip in satisfaction and expectations about life when we are middle aged.
A researcher at Princeton University looked at a panel of over 130,000 people. And turns out many expect -- incorrectly -- that happiness and satisfaction increases in young adulthood and decreases during old age -- which is not the case.
The findings support the theory that unmet expectations drives that dip in well-being -- the U shape that researchers are talking about.
One study -- suggested that one way to avoid the so called mid-life crisis is to have a wide circle of friends to regularly hang out with.