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Most of us are working hard to secure a less dependent retirement, to make our senior years independent and more relaxed. One of the more essential parts of retirement is being happy – not just with your financial situation, but with yourself and the quality of life that you will be living. It is vital to not only maintain financial stability but emotional stability. After all, you will be able to enjoy your financial independence more when you are happy and healthy.
Donna Rosato, an author at money.com, conveys that 81% of retirees see financial security as one of the most prominent ingredients that contribute to a happy retirement. However, once you reach a certain amount of success and net worth by the time of retirement, there isn’t much happiness that money can buy after that point. Retiring rich is one thing; retiring prosperous and happy is another.
Keep yourself moving.
To keep your mind from burning out into nothingness, keep yourself moving and working. Working a few hours during retirement is not only beneficial in terms of finances, but also for health. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology (2009) found that retirees with part-time or temporary jobs have fewer significant diseases, including high blood pressure and heart disease.
Find hobbies.
For a significant boost to happiness, social hobbies are more advisable for retirees. Of course, different things make different people happy. Some enjoy more in isolation while others experience outgoing, social endeavours. Although, in the age of retirement, it isn’t something that is recommended as it is a lot easier to fall into something like depression in immense isolation. Activities such as volunteering, golf and travels can be ones that you may come across in terms of social movements.
Your purpose.
Retirement can significantly clear up your schedule. For someone who has been working every day of their life before retirement, the large chunk of an unstructured schedule can prove to be overwhelming. There’s only so much golf that one can play, only so many activities one can accomplish. Thinking about your purpose in retrospect and how you can help those around you can turn out to be one of the essential things in your life.
Focus on yourself.
The diversion of focus from yourself to others in all this free time you have attained is natural. Notably, on how others are doing in terms of their life, plans and vacations. It is easy to think that someone else has it much better, and for you to mimic the same actions. The pressure to keep up with your friends or neighbours can daunt you and hold you back from genuinely spending your retirement happily. Refocus your energy on yourself and the personal lifestyle that belongs to you.
Satisfaction with what you have.
There is a possibility that your retirement doesn’t look like what you expect when it is here. The main goal is to focus on what you have, whether it is health, finances, family or hobbies. They are an integral part of your retirement, and it is crucial that you enjoy it as much as possible. It all comes down to what makes you happy. Once you know what makes you happy and are satisfied with it, you will be well on your way to a comfortable retirement.
The end of your career is something that should not be taken lightly. Planning for it is something that should be done well beforehand, just so that all that time can be spent peacefully, without worrying about the ‘what or where’ of your financial situation. Achieving balance in your life before retirement can be something that brings you peace after retirement. Look out for yourself, because that is the only way to attain satisfaction, because if you don’t – who else will?

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