There have been many studies of “the midlife crisis”. A number of research reports have shown that people have different levels of happiness over the course of their lives.
Population-wide surveys show that a person’s average satisfaction with life begins to decline slightly towards the end of our twenties. After that it continues to decline, until it reaches its lowest level during our mid-forties. Then the trend reverses, so that as we pass 50, we are increasingly happy, a situation that is happily not reversed until the last few years of our lives.
Midlife crisis facts:
A survey that involved 72 countries on every continent was conducted to look at how the midlife crisis manifests itself across cultures. The results were remarkably similar in countries as diverse as Germany, Laos, the Philippines and Brazil.
Feelings of despondency and emptiness can creep into a person’s life during their middle years. The spirit and joy of youth can disappear and life can be experienced as heavy and without much meaning.
- The survey results showed that the experience of a midlife crisis is quite similar whether you are male or female, rich or poor.
- It does not seem to make a difference whether you are single, living together, married or whether you have children or not.
- Most of us perceive our midlife years as the hardest part of our lives.
- There are indications that this trend is independent of people’s economic and social backgrounds.
What gives you energy?
Many people ponder the meaning of life, and one way to protect yourself during a crisis is to have something meaningful in your life.
An important part of Mindfit is that it allows you to keep track of positive things that happen during your daily life. Taking note of the good things in your life will help make you more aware of what gives you energy, so that you can better identify the priorities you want to focus on – and thus feel happier.
As you begin to keep track of positive events, it is common for negative thoughts and feelings to be weakened – just by virtue of keeping these records. This happens because you give yourself permission to shift your focus from the things you can’t manage to the things that you can. That gives you more room for other thoughts, and the negative thoughts and feelings shift more into the background.
Over the course of our lives, we develop reaction patterns that become expectations, or basic assumptions about ourselves. What we think about ourselves affects how we perceive a situation. We’re not always aware of our thought patterns.
Think about your life situation:
- Which situations are the most challenging for you?
- What gives you energy, or stresses you and saps your energy?
The Mindfit app will help get you started!
Using proven methods and techniques, you will be guided to a better life – whether in stress management or self-esteem. Download Mindfit from the App Store.