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The happiness curve: Why life gets better after 50

A book discussion

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, Brookings Senior Fellow Jonathan Rauch answers these questions and more in his new book, “The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50.” Rauch argues that 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.

On April 30, Rauch will debut his book at Brookings and will be joined by David Brooks and Barbara Bradley Hagerty for a discussion. They’ll explore the relationship between aging and life satisfaction and how we can help ourselves and others navigate the journey. Copies of “The Happiness Curve” will be available to attendees at a 15 percent discount; reserve a signed copy when you register today.

After the discussion, attendees are welcome to a reception.


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