After reviewing many studies examining the relationship between longevity and happiness, renowned researcher Dr Ed Diener estimated that a very happy person is likely to live between four to 10 years longer than their unhappy neighbour.
What’s the best thing about retirement? That’s one of the questions I’ve been asking during extensive interviews with individuals and couples who have been retired for more than two years.
When Leonard Cohen died in 2016, aged 82, he had lived well past retirement age. Although he never actually retired—or set up a school of retirement—there are valuable lessons we can learn from his life.
After taking the previous steps to this point, it’s now time to enjoy the harvest and to celebrate. What you’ve planted and nurtured on the inside, should now begin to produce a harvest on the outside.
Are the weeds in your life distracting you from the potential beauty of the landscape that could be on offer? Or have you become so familiar with them that you think they’re supposed to be there?
When people in retirement homes were asked about their regrets, it was less about the things they did, but ‘the things they didn’t do—never learning to salsa dance, never travelling the world, or never learning to play a musical instrument, for example’.
It has been said that those who ‘experience and internalise ageism’ have negative health outcomes. Are we, however, guilty of thinking ourselves ‘old’ or of labelling ourselves and making inferences about abilities related to age?
‘Live your life while you’ve got it.’ It’s a warning for any who wait for retirement when they hope they can pull their life together. But there are no guarantees that it will come to be. Tomorrow may bring trauma.
One good question for those heading toward retirement is: Is it possible to delay ageing? Psychologist Julian Melgosa, in Enjoy Life, suggests there is and he lists six ways that he believes will help in this quest.
‘If you want to be happy, learn to think like an old person.’ Excuse me? That sounds so wrong-headed. So why should we learn to think like an old person? Here are five reasons from John Leland’s book ‘Happiness is a Choice You Make’.