“Who doesn’t want a happy retirement? After all, they don’t call them the Golden Years for nothing!”
Those were the words of Wes Moss speaking on Money Matters and in this video he shares his 7 tips on how to achieve a happy retirement.
Let’s listen to what he has to say…
So, are you setting yourself up for true happiness in retirement? Let’s assume you’re planning the money side of things OK, and that’s important… but, there’s also the personal piece of the retirement equation that’s just as important as the money part
Let’s take a look and summarise the 7 ways to achieve happiness in retirement according to this expert
- Maintain your social network
- Don’t let fear or uncertainty rule your life
- Know That You Are Resilient
- What’s on Your Schedule?
- Speaking of Core Pursuits
- Mastering Your Cash Flow
- Now Sit Back and Relax
Maintain Your Social Network
Make sure you keep contact with your friends and family during retirement. Do what makes you feel good and connects you with other people, whether it’s supporting causes, volunteering, lunching or vacationing with friends, or spending some quality time with your kids and grandchildren
Don’t Let Fear of Uncertainty Rule Your Life
We all know the famous saying “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry” and how true that is. We can’t all be sure of what lies around the corner or life throws your way financially or even in health. The truth is no one knows what the future holds. Enjoy what’s good in your life while you have it.
There will always be answers if you look for them just as we had to.
Know That You Are Resilient
We like to think of this as making lemonade from lemons. If you stay positive and optimistic you can get through troubled times. We admit it’s not always easy but if you can be positive in dealing with adversity you are half way there
What’s on Your Schedule?
Working full-time lends itself to a set schedule – the good old 9-5 as we so often see it referred to! Life in work is very organised and we know our routines. In retirement, things are not so structured – unless you create the structure. It’s important to make your own routine, and fill it up doing things you love. So our routine now involves a late start to the day with breakfast in bed then we go to our “home office” and get to work doing we love – writing blogs like this and helping people with starting and growing their online business. We both love reading and walking so that is something we fit into our schedule.
Having Some Core Pursuits
It’s been revealed that the happiest retirees engage regularly in the hobbies and activities they love. There are what Wes Moss refers to as “core pursuits”. Sadly we know people who have very few core pursuits as their time was so taken up with work for most of their life they forgot to enjoy life. Our core pursuits are travel, reading, walking, visiting National Trust properties We don’t have a great deal of time these days as we’re busy with our post retirement business but we would absolutely agree that filling up your time with the things you love to do sets you up for a truly happy retirement.
MONEY : Mastering Your Cash Flow
These tips are not in any particular order but there’s one thing we know from the number of people we talk to that having some retirement budget in place is essential. If you have calculated that your retirement savings, social security, annuity pension, 401K or whatever it is in your country of residence is not going to provide you the retirement lifestyle you envisaged you may need to add some other income streams. This may be in the form or some part time work or even taking up some kind of business just as we did. In fact there are thousands of people just like us around the world doing just that. We leverage our knowledge and skills and the world of the internet and social media and top up our income.
Sit Back and Relax
We really like this one and isn’t it what we envisage life to be. Sipping cocktails on a beach reading a good book…
Nice idea but we know we would quickly get bored so we do need to be doing things alongside the treats, the vacations etc. Some people absolutely love the idea of all the free time that comes with being retired. Others hate not having a goal, something to achieve. No right or wrong. Just do what makes you happy. After all it’s your retirement and you deserve it. Find your bliss and follow it as Wes Moss says
That concludes today’s article and hope it gave you some food for thought
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