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Is Your Midlife Crisis Really A Crisis?

Jun 7, 2018

Sure, you’ve heard the words “midlife crisis.” It’s possible you’ve even used them... you know, to justify that flashy new car you purchased at age 50?

But what exactly is a midlife crisis? Is it truly a crisis? Or something else? This hour, take a closer look with Jonathan Rauch, author of the new book The Happiness Curve

Plus: too old to work? We wade through some of the challenges preventing older career-seekers from landing new employment.

And finally: harassment in the workplace. What can a small-business employee do when a situation with a boss or colleague gets out of hand? We find out. 

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READING LIST:

The Atlantic: The Real Roots Of Midlife Crisis - "What I wish I had known in my 40s (or, even better, in my late 30s) is that happiness may be affected by age, and the hard part in middle age, whether you call it a midlife crisis or something else, is for many people a transition to something much better -- something, there is reason to hope, like wisdom."

Mic: Older Workers Are Consistenly Discriminated In Job Hiring -- Here's How We Can Fix That - "'If a company wants the best team for the job, the most effective teams are age diverse, especially when it comes to creative stuff,' said Ashton Applewhite, an anti-ageism activist. 'The people who need to learn stuff in order to run their farm, or run their business or run their life, learn it -- no matter how old they are.'"

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.