According to new research humans aren't the only species to experience apprehensions about midlife.
While it is well known that midlife can bring about some unpleasant realizations about one's life and mortality, what isn't as well known is that this isn't something unique to humans. Apes too, it seems, also suffer from the same problem. The discovery puts to bed the idea that a midlife crisis is the result of human factors such as mortgages or marital problems.
"We hoped to understand a famous scientific puzzle: why does human happiness follow an approximate U-shape through life ", said Prof Andrew Oswald. Now the team will need to focus on why the phenomenon occurs not just in humans but in some animals as well.
"Human behaviour studies have revealed the well-established trend that our level of happiness declines after childhood until middle age, when we gradually begin to feel more content again."
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