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Where Are You on the 'Happiness Curve'? Q&A with Jonathan Rauch: Podcast

A fascinating and challenging new book argues that "life gets better after 50."



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In a country that fetishizes youth, writing a book subtitled Why Life Gets Better After 50 is practically an act of revolution.

But that's exactly what the Jonathan Rauch has done. The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 is a mind-blowing synthesis of social science and deeply moving personal accounts that will change the way you think about every stage of your life. Whether you're in your early twenties, the thick of middle age, or your golden years, The Happiness Curve will help to explain not just what's going on in your life now, but what to expect down the road. If knowledge is power, this book is pure dynamite. In a wide-ranging conversation with Nick Gillespie, Rauch explains why being aware of the aging process can help individuals be more productive and more fulfilled at every stage of life.

Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an award-winning journalist who has written for every publication of note, including Reason (archive and coverage here). His books include Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought; Gay Marriage: Why It is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America; and Political Realism: How Hacks, Machines, Big Money and Back-Room Deals Can Strengthen American Democracy. Go here for his website.

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