Everyone wants to have happy retirement. Your pastor, teacher, soldier or employee is not exception. Some folks transition seamlessly into a happy retirement and get right to the business of enjoying their new lives. But other people have a tougher time entering the retirement years.
Some of these folks may wonder whether they are really cut out for retirement at all. Here are 10 traits happy retirees share.
1. Good Health
Enjoying good health is the single most important factor impacting retiree happiness, according to Watson Wyatt analysis. Retirees in poor health are nearly 50 percent less likely to report being happy, trumping all other factors including money and age.
2. Harmonious Family
We can't imagine that the retired life is filled with strife, complain, cry and scream, how terrible! The same study found that married or cohabiting couples who have harmonious family are more likely than singles and irksome family.
3. A Social Network
If your retired teacher has strong social networks are 30 percent happier with his/her lives than those without a strong network of friends. That's to say that having friends was far more important to retirement bliss than having kids.
4. Stay in touch with younger people
Thought having kids or grandkids had no impact on a retiree's level of contentment. It is important for every retiree that stays in touch with younger people. Young folks see things differently, different perspectives is what keeps the world going round.
5. Hobbies and Interests
Now it is good time to develop retiree's hobbies and interests. No matter what they are, fishing, hiking, dancing, reading or others, it is better than fill retired time with endless hours of television. You know heavy TV views report lower satisfaction with their lives.
And it is good for retirees' friends who like choose appropriate retirement gifts accord to their hobbies and interests.
6. Intellectual curiosity
What you can do now to guarantee a great retirement. Not only will shunning TV make retirees happier, it will make retirees healthier, there are many nice entertainment ways can supersede TV. Keep intellectual curiosity; choose brain-stimulating hobbies over TV watching are two and a half times less likely to suffer the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
7. Attitude of being grateful and positive
If each of retirees has an attitude of being grateful and positive, they'll be able to get rid of impulse, upset, dissatisfaction and misfortune.
Think of their history and what they have lived through and appreciate their lifetime accomplishments. Even the "small" things count - their children, their church life, and their art work. They are not necessarily talking only successes in employment. A happy retirement includes their self-appreciation.
8. Enough Money
Of course a retired employ will need enough money to support his chose lifestyle in retirement. But beyond that, more money will not make him happier.
9. Do something for someone else at least once a day
Schedule something to do every single day. Do something for some else at least once a day.
This is great advice for anyone in any stage of life, isn't it? Simple things in life - holding the door open for someone, helping put groceries into someone's trunk, picking up friends for lunch, sending a birthday card, taking care of a friend who was ill.
10. Packing for the Retirement Journey