“Blanchflower and Oswald have found that, statistically speaking, going from age 20 to age 45 entails a loss of happiness equivalent to one-third the effect of involuntary unemployment.”

“‘Young people are miserable at regulating their emotions.’ Years ago, my father made much the same point when I asked him why in his 50s he stopped having rages, which had shadowed his younger years and disrupted our family: ‘I realized I didn’t need to have five-dollar reactions to nickel provocations.’”

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