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How to be happy despite the passage of time


This week, something weird happens to me: I’m going to be 60 years old.

It’s an understatement to say that I enter my sixty-first year with apprehension. Sixty was a deadly decade for my father, and many people I admire have written about this pivotal age with some disgust. “I had a hard time digesting them and they’re still stuck in my stomach like an indigestible thing the size of a golf ball,” wrote the legendary sports journalist Robert Lipsyte about his 60th birthday. Or like my colleague Caitlin Flanagan wrote it in The Atlanticon the idea of ​​becoming sixty-year-old: “I am vaguely ashamed of my age, as if it were the consequence of carelessness, that I had stuffed myself for decades to find myself in this unworthy state.”

The 60th birthday is, obviously, not the only one to be considered a catastrophe – the apprehension of time passing is specific to all those who are getting older. It is sometimes even a pathology. Website Medical News Today lists the symptoms of postbirthday depression. A kind of bad trip: paranoia, dark thoughts and isolation.

Even the youngest have difficulty swallowing the pill. You can be half my age and still dread celebrating your 30th birthday. Besides, I remember my thirtieth birthday very well. Like it was yesterday. At the time, I was a professional musician, and although I didn’t turn into a paranoid hermit, I was really bad. I wondered if my concert career was behind me and if I was going bald. I was right all along.

“A Man’s Worst Birthday”

But instead of moping around, I would have done better to project myself into the future by setting myself specific and enjoyable goals. And that’s what I plan to do on my 60th birthday. So let me give you some tips for not getting depressedwhatever your age.

If people give so much importance to milestone birthdays, it is because the numbers often have an unconscious meaning for us. In 2011, two psychologists demonstrated this phenomenon by looking at baseball players and SAT scores (college entrance exams). They thus discovered that baseball players, during their last appearance of the season, scored more points if their average was close to 298 or 299 than if it was 300 or 301. And among students, those who failed were more willing to retake their exam if the points they were missing were a round number.

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The Atlantic (Washington)

Anticipation is one of the strong points of The Atlantic since its creation in 1857. This venerable publication, where the most prestigious writers of the moment write, has known better than any other American magazine to take the Internet turn, making its site a very dynamic place for reflection and debate. Intellectual and placid, like its hometown, Boston, the magazine adorns its pages with poems and sophisticated illustrations. Founded by a group of writers a few years before the Civil War, its mission was to be the spokesperson for the American idea. The publication of the first texts of Mark Twain, the war reports of Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Letter from Birmingham Prison (vibrant defense of non-violence, 1963) by Martin Luther King does not deny this ideal.

Extremely dynamic and rich in new content, the site The Atlantic has carved out a special place for itself in the world of the online press and is often cited as an example, at a time when the written press is struggling to reinvent itself.
You can also consult there for a modest fee all the articles published since the first issue, published in November 1857. Theatlantic.com claims 4.3 million monthly users.

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