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"In this warm, wise, and witty overview, Jonathan Rauch combines evidence and experience to show his fellow adults that the best is yet to come.” —Steven Pinker, bestselling author of Enlightenment Now
This book will change your life by showing you how life changes.
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.
And Rauch can testify to this personally because it was his own slump, despite acclaim as a journalist and commentator that compelled him to investigate the happiness curve. His own story and the stories of many others from all walks of life—from a steelworker and a limo driver to a telecoms executive and a philanthropist—show how the ordeal of midlife malaise reboots our values and even our brains for a rebirth of gratitude.
Full of insights and data and featuring many ways to endure the slump and avoid its perils and traps, The Happiness Curve doesn’t just show you the dark forest of midlife, it helps you find a path through the trees. It also demonstrates how we can—and why we must—do more to help each other through the woods. Midlife is a journey we mustn’t walk alone.
About the Author
JONATHAN RAUCH, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, is the author of several books and many articles on public policy, culture, and government. A recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, he’s a contributing editor of The Atlantic. He has also written for The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among many other publications. He lives with his husband in Washington, DC.
Jonathan's books include Gay Marriage, Kindly Inquisitors, Denial, and The Happiness Curve.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B076B5NXYQ
- Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books (May 1, 2018)
- Publication date : May 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 7140 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 268 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #214,206 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If ambitious and fun-loving in your 20s, busy and very successful in your 30s, a bit disappointed in your 40s, but increasingly content and suddenly aware of the rest of humanity beyond 50 isn't your life trajectory, you may feel this book is a bit shallow and obvious. However, if your life has always been pretty fab and you find yourself concerned at 48 that you are sliding into a never ending funk with diminishing reason to live for the rest of your life, then hold off on the divorce/motorcycle/alcohol for at least as long as it takes to read this book.
Far too much of what we read today serves only to reinforce what we already think. Try this book to reopen your eyes -- and get a more hopeful view of humanity.
No matter our status, how much we have achieved, how much we have. We just have to hang in here and better times will come. We are becoming our true selves.
Thank you Jonathan Rauch!
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Thanks Mr. Rauch, very helpful!
Merci pour ce bel outil de réflexion.