Good news: Retirement is good for your health

‘We find strong evidence that retirement improves both health and life satisfaction.’ That’s the finding of a US study of 6,000 people who had worked for at least 20 years before reaching retirement age. It found that these retirees immediately felt more satisfied with life right after they retired.

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Podcast: Woody plays his own tune to enhance his retirement

Retired teacher/musician Paul ‘Woody’ Woodward talks about how music has enhanced his life and what it can do for us as we age. And you don’t have to be a great musician or singer to be involved in creating your own music.

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What to do when retirement goes bad

Not everyone is happy in their retirement, that’s the message from an ABC Radio National program talking to individuals about their retirement. There are lessons to be learned from their experience for both retirees and those preparing for retirement.

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The makings of a successful life

Being successful at our life is important. I was reminded of this a couple of weeks ago at a funeral of a friend— Steve. He was only 40 years old.

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Only you can create the poetry of your retirement

Regular writing—including creative writing—tends to follow logic, a certain theme and has a beginning and end. Poetry is different. Only you can create the poetry of your retirement because you are distinctly you.

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Spinach has impressive health benefits

Perhaps Popeye had the right idea about eating spinach for strength! This often underrated leafy green veggie has some impressive health benefits. So much so, that we could all take a leaf (pun intended!) out of Popeye’s book.

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The place of reflection in retirement planning

It’s important to think about your retirement and your plans, but it’s also important to reflect on the most important element of your retirement—you!

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Why it matters that you matter in retirement—Part 2

We need to matter in retirement. Knowing the problem before retirement means we can work on it before we get there, either by working on things that will continue to help us matter in retirement, or having a plan to make sure we will matter then.

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Is retirement bad for your health?

Your retirement may have an impact on your health. That’s the findings of three research projects in different countries.

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Why it matters that you matter in retirement—Part 1

Knowing that you ‘matter’ is important at any stage of life, but at retirement, some of the things that have given you a sense that you matter—particularly your job—are gone. On things that matter, one Swiss research paper concluded: ‘Mattering implies that people are not only connected to others, but that they feel that they are important to others.’

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