Happiness ‘dips in midlife in the affluent West’

midlifeUsing world survey data, the Lancet study authors found life satisfaction followed a predictable trajectory depending on where people lived.

In countries such as the UK and the US, life satisfaction followed a U-shape, dipping to a low in midlife.

In Africa it was low throughout, and in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Latin America it declined with age.

The reasons behind the trends were multiple and complex, but there were some plausible explanations as well as important lessons to be learned, said Prof Andrew Steptoe, of University College London, and colleagues.

Their report is part of a series on health and ageing, published in The Lancet, warning of a growing burden of chronic disease and diminished wellbeing affecting the quality of life of older people.

source : http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29899769

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