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You don’t have to be middle-aged to have a midlife crisis. Some people carry this gradual feeling of dissatisfaction in their 20s–others in their 40s. And while it may seem like everything’s great and wonderful around you, you have this feeling of dissatisfaction you can’t shake off. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Jonathon Rauch, prolific author and editor, shares the research and his personal experience on riding your happiness curve.

Jonathan’s a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington. He’s the author of six books and many articles on public policy, culture, and government. Jonathan’s a contributing editor of The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, (which in the magazine industry is equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) and his latest book is The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50.

See midlife transitions in a whole new light and welcome what’s to come!

Key takeaways:

The happiness curve. Contentment–what does it look and feel like? If sincere happiness was tapping you on your shoulder, could you even recognize it? Understand your happiness barometer by knowing THESE two scientifically proven facts…[08:01].

The societal dilemma. You might be experiencing an underlying feeling of dissatisfaction that haunts you. It’s real. You don’t know how to explain it and you’re not sure you want to tell anyone. To find your happiness, AVOID these two psychological traps… [15:24].

The place beyond. You’ve gone through the happiness curve and things are looking up…or are they? How do you know when you’re past “the hump?” LOOK for these signs in the face of transition…[21:46].

The new you. As you grow, everything changes: from your thoughts, your experiences, as well as your values. How can you keep up with your ever-blossoming self? And more importantly, how can you align this new sense of self with your “old” life? With practice! Try THIS to develop and nurture your new with the old…[29:04].

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. You’re never more than One Idea Away from a whole, new reality.