You see a halvgammel gubbe in a red convertible that is driving down the street. Midlife crisis, you’re thinking – and perhaps it is entirely appropriate.

the Term midtlivskrisen is well known from the popular culture. But is this just fictional?

No, believe researcher David G. Blanchflower, Dartmouth College in the united STATES. He says all people have a particular point in life where the butter extra the opposite.

U-shaped lykkekurve

the Study to Blanchflower is based on data from the 500.000 people, and is published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The whole of the 95 developing countries and 37 countries are included in the survey.

the Scientist have put together a number of studies of people’s experienced happiness and then collated the results.

He has investigated about 15 different factors that can be associated with why people feel unhappy, write Among other things, pain, phobias, despair, loneliness, being under stress, and not being able to sleep.

Believes that the external factors do not provide a major impact

despite the many different external factors in people’s lives, believe Blanchflower, however, that he sees a pattern for the participants.

The american study concludes that people are at their least happy at the age of 47,2 years in the industraliserte countries. Age in developing countries are somewhat higher and located on 48,2 years.

the Researcher believes that one all over the world will find again the u-shaped lykkekurven.

This curve applies to most of us. Blanchflower says to CTVNews that the voices of people who are single, for people who have had children, and those who do not have children. This is regardless of gender.

the Danes the world’s happiest – again Skeptical

Ragnhild Bang Nes has conducted research on happiness in 15 years, and is employed at the Norwegian institute of public health.

She thinks the study to Blanchflower’s interesting, but is still sceptical of the findings. Nes, says studies that have been done in Norway also shows a linear upturn in the quality of life by increasing age.

– most people are very satisfied, and we see that all aspects of the quality of life increases until you are 70 years. The elderly, especially those who are married and have a good economy, are the winners.

But lykkeforskeren think a u-curve can be found in certain groups.

– Those who, for example, seems to have a bad economy, does not follow the linear lykkekurven.

Nes is skeptical of a universal u-curve because there are so many different factors that come into play on the quality of life. She mentions both the individual circumstances such as health and finances, as well as current societal circumstances as the welfare system.

She believes the differences these factors should override a kind of internal biological clock as “the programmer” a mid-life crisis for 40-years.

LYKKEFORSKER: Ragnhild Bang Nes is senior researcher at the Norwegian institute of public health. She says people in Norway are largely very happy, but that those who fall outside of the community often completely on the other side of the scale.

Photo: Folkehelseinsituttet An age where much is changing

But even though the Norwegian scientist is skeptical of Blanchflower their discoveries, so also believe that she is 40-years can be challenging.

in the Midst of life is no longer as young and promising. Many get health problems and diseases makes its debut. One is to make career and marriage is teetering.

This means, probably not only happiness and prosperity.

But according to Blanchflower, there is still hope.

He says the important thing with this study is that one sees that his luck coming back after the downturn by 47,2 years.

To the site CTVNews he says that if you feel that you are in a mid-life crisis, so remember that you are absolutely not alone.

Blanchflower also recommend people who have it rough to seek comfort in friends and family. According to the study, this is something that helps on the happiness.

Norway was voted the world’s happiest countries

TURNS WITH the YEARS: After the age of 48 years turn their luck back, believes David G. Blanchflower.

Photo: Norwegian public roads administration