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Author: Jonathan Rauch Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9781427292988
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This audiobook will change your life by showing you how life changes.

Why does happiness tend to get harder in your 40s? Why do you feel in a slump when you’re successful? Where does this malaise come from? And, most importantly, will it ever end?

Drawing on cutting-edge research, award-winning journalist Jonathan Rauch answers all these questions. He shows that from our 20s into our 40s, happiness follows a U-shaped trajectory, a “happiness curve,” declining from the optimism of youth into what’s often a long, low slump in middle age, before starting to rise again in our 50s.

This isn’t a midlife crisis, though. Rauch reveals that this slump is instead a natural stage of life—and an essential one. By shifting priorities away from competition and toward compassion, it equips you with new tools for wisdom and gratitude to win the third period of life.

And Rauch can testify to this personally because it was his own slump, despite acclaim as a journalist and commentator that compelled him to investigate the happiness curve. His own story and the stories of many others from all walks of life—from a steelworker and a limo driver to a telecoms executive and a philanthropist—show how the ordeal of midlife malaise reboots our values and even our brains for a rebirth of gratitude.

Full of insights and data and featuring many ways to endure the slump and avoid its perils and traps, The Happiness Curve doesn’t just show listeners the dark forest of midlife, it helps them find a path through the trees. It also shows how we can—and why we must—do more to help each other through the woods.

Praise for The Happiness Curve:

"The Happiness Curve delivers on the promise of its title, with wise insights and practices to help you become the best you can be. Leave the midlife slump. Enter into an encore adulthood of powerful purpose.” — Richard Leider, international bestselling author of The Power of Purpose, Repacking your Bags, and Life Reimagined

“Do you wish to understand the arc of your life? And why you are likely to end up happier than you are right now? If so, The Happiness Curve is the best place to start. And I write this as someone who can vouch that the upper part of the happiness life curve is very glorious indeed.” — Tyler Cowan, New York Times bestselling author of The Complacent Class and The Great Stagnation

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This important and often personal summary of how age affects happiness is served well by the equanimity and grace of Robert Fass’ narration…Fass captures all of this author’s intensity and colorful writing…The audiobook is a most satisfying guide to the hills and valleys of life, and a satisfying road map for achieving greater happiness with whatever roads we have taken in life. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “In this warm, wise, and witty overview, Jonathan Rauch combines evidence and experience to show his fellow adults that the best is yet to come.”

    Steven Pinker, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A refreshingly thoughtful, positive view of aging.”

    AARP Magazine

  • “Rauch fills his book with reassuring research on why a midlife malaise is normal, as well as some sound lessons on how to cultivate happiness in general…[and] to ride out even their darkest years.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “In a youth-obsessed culture, it may be difficult to convince some that life gets better after fifty. But by supplanting dated clichés with compelling scholarship, Rauch offers a fresh and reassuring vision of aging that supersedes superficial fixations.”

    Washington Post

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Jonathan Rauch is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly, a senior writer and columnist for National Journal, and a writer in residence at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of several books on public policy, culture, and economics, including Government’s End: Why Washington Stopped Working. His work has appeared in the New Republic, the Economist, Harper’s, Fortune, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among other publications. He is vice president of the Independent Gay Forum and lives near Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned mulltiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.