Bummer, dude

U is for Umbrella The worst is yet to come. Though I’m a weirdo, so I like to think I hit rock-bottom years, or at least weeks, ago:

The British and U.S. researchers found that happiness for people ranging from Albania to Zimbabwe follows a U-shaped curve where life begins cheerful before turning tough during middle age and then returning to the joys of youth in the golden years….

“In a remarkably regular way throughout the world people slide down a U-shaped level of happiness and mental health throughout their lives,” Andrew Oswald at Britain’s Warwick University, who co-led the study, said on Tuesday.

But, then things get way better:

One possibility may be that people realize they won’t achieve many of their aspirations at middle age, the researchers said.

Another reason could be that after seeing their fellow middle-aged peers begin to die, people begin to value their own remaining years and embrace life once more.

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