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Melvyn Tan

Hi 👋 I’m Melvyn.

For nearly two decades, I was earning a six-figure income as a business strategist.

In 2016, I took my family on a one-year travel adventure, where we visited 46 cities in 13 countries across Europe and the US.

I was living the good life at midlife enjoying LIFT—location, intellectual, financial, and time—freedom.

In spite of it all, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 2019.

Apart from therapy and medication, I dived deep into researching the psychology of midlife low.

This led me to a study of 1.3M individuals across 51 countries. The data showed a decline in happiness after youth and hitting rock bottom at age 50.

And here is the good news.

After 50, happiness rises up steadily up to approximately age 80. This phenomenon is known as the Happiness U-Curve.

I turn 50 in 2022 and aim to ride up the U-Curve.

Here, I write about reinventing midlife, learning new skills, and understanding how the world works post-pandemic.