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?
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.’
I’ve seen people who have retired without having a plan, and mostly, it isn’t a pretty sight. When I asked a clinical psychologist friend what she thought could be the major problem for those who retired without planning, ‘Anxiety and depression’, was her immediate answer.
Clinical psychologist Deanna Pitchford looks at the problems we may have when we lose connections with people. She notes that the problem is so severe that the UK now has a Minister for Loneliness. But this is a worldwide problem as we lose a sense of community.
Retirees have a higher sense of wellbeing compared to the general population. That’s the finding of the latest Australian Unity Wellbeing Index survey checking on Australian’s satisfaction with their lives.
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.
Laughter is good for us. It has been suggested that adults only laugh 12-15 times a day while children laugh from 200 to 400 times. The message for those of us in the retirement zone (preparing for or in retirement) is: laugh more.
Various studies around the world show that loneliness and social isolation are becoming serious problems. The statistics in Australia—sometimes called the ‘Lucky Country’—should give us pause.
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.
Living a life with meaning is more important than pursuing happiness. That’s the conclusion of Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning. She says, ‘So many of the people that I know and admire aren’t focused on pursuing their own personal happiness. They’re focused on leading meaningful lives and what they can do for others.’