Check out one of the latest additions to the library collection: The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch.
In this new book, the author shares the interesting concept that happiness follows a U-shaped curve. He says that we start out with the optimism of youth and our happiness level declines as we enter middle age. But then he shows that our happiness level climbs back up as we enter our fifties. He says that this curve is a very natural process and explains why this occurs.
By the time we reach our forties, many of us have achieved successful lives, both professional and personal. But we often feel a sort of slump and find it difficult to be happy. The author, a successful journalist, was feeling this slump. He decided to investigate and discovered that others, from all walks of life, experienced the same thing. But he also discovered that those who were a bit older and had gotten through this midlife malaise, found themselves becoming happier people.
In the book, the author gives us ways to endure the low, midlife years and not fall victim to its dangers and traps. He shows how we can help others get through the darkness, and by doing so, help ourselves come out with a renewed sense of happiness.
This book can be found in the non-fiction section of the library in Dewey number 155. If it interests, you, check it out.