It appears your life takes something of a lurch towards Sadsville between the ages of 40 and 50, according to a new global research study of happiness.
We are happiest during our formative years and in our dotage, apparently, as we negotiate a U-shaped curve of our general mood and state of mind.
I only have a few short months to go before I start to suffer the post-40 glums, but I admit to being confused.
In fact, I’m beginning to wonder whether my U-shaped curve has actually flipped on its head. Or, more likely, it has taken on a very different kind of shape altogether.
As far as I’m concerned I’m much happier now – personally, professionally and whichever other way you want to measure it – as I head towards 40 than I’ve ever been.
Apart from the day itself (I don’t like fuss) I’m quite looking forward to turning “middle-aged” – possibly because I’ve bought into the belief that 40 is the new 30…or 25…or maybe even 21.
Whatever, it appears I’m bucking the global happiness trend and as long as it carries on like that I’ll be…errrr…happy.