Sam talks with Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Contributing Editor at The Atlantic, and author of The Happiness Curve.

Jonathan reflects on important milestones that contributed to writing The Happiness Curve, including:

  • How winning the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize in magazine journalism at 45 years old provided only momentary relief from his midlife malaise.
  • Viewing the Voyage of Life at 19 years old and how Thomas Cole’s art shaped his perspective on life’s journey.
  • The 30-year anniversary of walking the streets of Tokyo with an influential mentor and their simple but profound conversation about the “midlife crisis”

The discussion highlights key concepts for those at/near middle age, while inspiring a movement to rebuild society around the natural trajectory of adult development in midlife and beyond.