Preparing to flourish in retirement—part 1

The goal in life should be to flourish. That’s what psychologist and founder of positive psychology, Martin Seligman, says. In 2016, the Australian Psychological Society reported on an Australian Wellbeing Survey that used his five pillars underpinning the ‘flourishing life’ to comment on wellbeing.

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The importance of building up social connections for retirement

There’s no question that friends are important. Friends are even more important in retirement because it’s easier to become isolated and lonely. Staying connected now can help you prepare for then.

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5 ways to tackle retirement envy coming from Facebook

A survey and report by the Harris Poll organisation shows that Americans are envious of friends who put on social media pictures of lavish vacations and purchases. They admit that they do the same thing, but that doesn’t take away the envy.

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Five things I’ve learned from my now adult grandchildren

I’m a grandparent and the scary thing is that I have two adult grandchildren. Where did the time go? Twin boys; they’re about to turn 20. Proud? Absolutely. But I will spare you the photos and most of the stories. However, I’ve learned a lot from my adult grandchildren.

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Is the pursuit of happiness a good goal for retirement?

Is the pursuit of happiness a good goal? Well-known Australian social researcher Hugh Mackay says, No! Happiness is a somewhat shallow goal and mostly unworkable. Wholeness is the thing to aim for.

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The advantages of socially connecting before retirement

One of the issues some retirees face is a lack of social contact when they retire. That’s why it’s good to get socially involved before retirement so you have connections in place.

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Preparing for a life of significance in retirement

It used to be that retirement was a fairly selfish time of life. Retirees had worked all those years and retirement was time for rest and relaxation. No more! The current crop of retirees, Baby Boomers, are too restless for that. They want to keep living life to the full.

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Don’t allow loneliness to be a part of your retirement package

Loneliness is a growing problem—an epidemic, say some. And it can hit retirees if they aren’t careful. In the workplace, we’re usually forced to mix with people as part of the job. In retirement, you choose to mix or not.

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Loneliness is a significant health hazard for the retirement years

As you prepare for your retirement, don’t forget to maintain and develop friendships, and be an active part of your community. A number of findings warn that isolation and loneliness can lead to serious health problems—physical, mental and emotional.

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Podcast: The importance of staying connected in retirement

One of the best ways of preparing for retirement is to build friendships and then hang on to your friends. In this podcast, we discuss the importance of staying connected in retirement.

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