What are your dreams for retirement? A more important question is: What is your life dream? That’s about what you want to do but linked to how you want to live. In other words, who do you want to be in retirement?
Know yourself’ (‘know thyself’, if you prefer) is an ancient Greek saying that rings true for those approaching retirement. Knowing yourself is important as you plan your retirement because it’s your retirement.
There’s strong evidence that it’s ‘more blessed to give than receive’. But we need to learn how to give—or serve—smart. One large study in the United States showed that volunteering once a week increased people’s chances of being ‘very happy’ with their lives. That’s worth knowing—and having.
Afraid of retirement? Really? What’s there to be afraid of? The answer to that depends mostly on how you tackle life. But, however you tackle life, retirement is a dramatic change. Even with the best preparation, it’s a step into the unknown.
Stepping on the scales is a common practice among dieters who want to shed excess body fat. But how frequently should you weigh yourself when attempting to lose those extra kilos and keep them off?
Not getting enough sleep? That could be an issue to address. A report from the Rand Corporation declares that insufficient sleep is a ‘public health problem’ in the United States, and beyond.
‘Everyone has a grievance story, yours may be killing you’. That’s what a psychologist friend of mine, Dick Tibbits, says after his study of forgiveness. In simple terms: Unforgiveness destroys relationships.
Sam Dogen retired at the age of 34—back in 2012. Having $3 million in hand allowed him to have the financial freedom he needed. He tells of the benefits of early retirement he didn’t expect and the downsides of early retirement that ‘no one tells you about’.
‘I could have pursued aggressive saving, slashed expenses, and been financially able to retire sooner, but that’s not the path I chose, fortunately’.
Couples fight about money. In fact, one study discovered it was the ‘number one issue couple’s fight about.’ And it discovered that ‘money fights’ were the second leading cause of divorce—behind infidelity.