The U-Bend of Life

Why, beyond middle age, people get happier as they get older

The Economist
Aug 3, 2018 · 10 min read

Ask people how they feel about getting older, and they will probably reply in the same vein as Maurice Chevalier: “Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.” Stiffening joints, weakening muscles, fading eyesight and the clouding of memory, coupled with the modern world’s careless contempt for the old, seem a fearful…

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