Some things shouldn’t wait until retirement

There are moments or experiences that make you reassess your life. For John and Mandy Ahern it came from a 400-day trip across Europe and into Africa in an old campervan with their two young children. It changed how they thought about life.

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Podcast: What you need to know about your brain

I asked clinical psychologist Deanna Pitchford, what she wished we knew about our brain. Her response surprised me in several ways. In other ways, there’s a lot of common sense. It’s worth checking out. Your brain will thank you.

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Winter cravings: Why do we crave comfort foods more in winter?

Whether it’s warm bowls of pasta or toasting marshmallows by the fire, we all seem to gravitate toward our favourite comfort foods more during the cooler months of winter. But why? And, is there a way to avoid this to prevent the dreaded winter weight gain?

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What would your 18-year-old self say to you about retirement?

If your 18-year-old self could see you now, what would he/she think? Would your 18-year-old-self recognise you? Be proud of you? See him/her self in you—or not recognise you at all?

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Why you should plan for ‘unretirement’ as you prepare for retirement

There’s more evidence of growth in the number of those returning to the workforce after retirement. Research shows that up to a quarter of retired Britons are ‘unretiring’ (their word) and going back into the workforce.

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Taking journalists’ 5 questions to your retirement planning

There’s a rule within journalism that a report is considered complete if the 5W questions are answered. The 5Ws are: who; what; where; when; and why. You can adapt the same questions for your retirement planning.

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Good reasons to work on your legacy before retirement

Everyone leaves a legacy—for good or bad. It’s how we’re remembered. But a legacy can be grown. It can be a deliberate, planned, and purposeful thing.

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Podcast: How music can benefit you and your retirement

Retired teacher/musician Paul ‘Woody’ Woodward talks about how music can help your brain, your creativity and your stress levels. It can change how we think and move.

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The retired life is there to live to the full

In their book, Refire! Don’t Retire, Ken Blanchard (best known for his books about management—including The One Minute Manager) and Morton Shaevitz define ‘refiring’ as: ‘Adopting an attitude of embracing the years ahead with enthusiasm rather than apathy.’

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Would winning the lottery help your retirement?

Earlier this year, 53-year-old hospital worker Mavis Wanczyk phoned her boss and told him she wouldn’t be back at work. Ever. She’d just won the biggest, undivided lottery jackpot in US history. The problem is that Mavis has a 70 per cent chance of losing it all within a few years.

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