The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50

February 25, 2019 | 4:30-5:30 pm |  followed by reception

Jonathan Rauch
Author and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution 

Why does happiness get harder in your 40s? Why do you feel in a slump when you’re successful? Where does this malaise come from? And, most importantly, will it ever end?

Drawing on cutting-edge research, award-winning journalist Jonathan Rauch answers all these questions. He shows that from our 20s into our 40s, happiness follows a U-shaped trajectory, a “happiness curve,” declining from the optimism of youth into what’s often a long, low slump in middle age, before starting to rise again in our 50s.

This isn’t a midlife crisis, though. Rauch reveals that this slump is instead a natural stage of life—and an essential one. By shifting priorities away from competition and toward compassion, it equips you with new tools for wisdom and gratitude to win the third period of life.

Please join us on February 25th for this talk. Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public, but for planning purposes we ask that you please register.