Pursuing happiness in retirement

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are everyone’s unalienable rights, right? Who knew that one of the fastest ways to enjoy all three was to retire?

This story in US News reports that, for most people, retirement causes an immediate increase in happiness and the residual effect of better health.

In other words, retirement is good, emotionally and physically, for the vast majority of people.

“You hear anecdotes of people who end up hating retirement. But … it’s also important to keep in mind that we are looking at the effect of retirement for the average person.”

Researchers say the positive effects of retirement are true no matter how much money one has or the kind of job one retires from. As for health benefits, researchers say…

“…we didn’t find any evidence of long-term changes in health care utilization – i.e. doctor visits and prescription drug use – after retirement. So the improvements in health do not appear to be associated with increased health care costs.”

So, the question becomes: Why are so many of us afraid to retire and claim the happiness we so richly deserve?

The experts at Fit-To-Retire know that the key to true happiness in retirement is planning – not simply the financial piece, but with regards to your self identity, health and nutrition, social life and personal relationships. It starts with taking an honest look at yourself and the life you’ve created outside of your career:

How will you identify after that last day of work? Where will you live? Who will your friends be? How will your relationships change with your family? How will you use your time to improve your health or find your new life’s purpose?

Happiness in retirement is your unalienable right. Are you ready? Take our complimentary readiness assessment today and find out.

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