By Cynthia Barnett
Retirement is not the end but is merely the beginning of a new
life, a new you. As such, it is nothing that should be dreaded
or something that should cause you unnecessary stress. Instead
it should make you happy and can bring you a new sense of
pleasure, if only you let it. In this article, we’ll discuss
ten ways that you can find happiness in retirement.
1. Be open and receptive – Change your attitude and you’ll
change your life. Retirement is simply a new phase of your
one that you can succeed and enjoy if you’re open and
to doing so. It is a time to pursue your dreams, aspirations
and make your dreams come true.
2. Plan physical and mental activities – A busy mind is a
mind. By staying physically and mentally active, you will lift
your spirits and will be happier.
3. Laugh and have a fun time. Don’t take yourself so
By having fun and not taking life too seriously, you can lift
your mood and make yourself and others happy .
4. Don’t be too introverted. Share your burdens with those who
love and care about you. This isn’t to say that you should be
worry wart but by revealing your innermost thoughts and
feelings, you can positively affect your mental state.
5. Pursue stimulating activities. Figure out the things that
you enjoy doing and do more of them. For instance, if you
spending quality time with your grandchildren, plan play dates
or other activities with them.
6. Brush up your knowledge – An educated mind is a happy mind.
By expanding your learning horizons, you can become happier.
7. Spend quality time with loved ones – Now that you’re
retired, you have even more time to spend with those you love.
Plan lunch dates or throw a party for family and friends so
that you can spend quality time with the people that mean the
most to you.
8. Remember the little things mean a lot – Do something nice
for someone and you’ll feel good about yourself. Take some
to write someone a note telling them how much they mean to
Spend time with a friend or ailing relative or engage in some
type of volunteer activity.
9. Fulfill your dreams – Consider fulfilling those dreams you
had shelved on your way to building a career for yourself.
can be very satisfying.
10. Maintain a positive mental attitude – Do not vegetate just
because you have retired. This is the fastest way to
Maintain a youthful attitude. Take up some hobby and remain
active, mentally and physically.
In conclusion, retirement is a time when you can be
tremendously happy and fulfilled. You can ensure that this is
true by maintaining a positive mental attitude, fulfill your
dreams, remember that little things mean a lot, spend quality
time with others, brush up on your knowledge, pursue
stimulating activities, don’t be too introverted, laugh and
have a great time, plan mentally engaging activities, and be
open and receptive to experiencing the good life after
Dr. Cynthia Barnett
About The Author: Dr. Cynthia Barnett is a “re-fired” educator
who has reinvented her life, moving from the schoolhouse to an
entrepreneurial venue. Dr. Barnett is the author of “Stop
Singing the Blues: 10 Powerful Strategies for Hitting the High
Notes in Your Life” and RE-FIRE, Don’t Retire : 7 Powerful
Strategies for an Extraordinary Life Now and in
Retirement.(www.stopsingingtheblues.com/). She was
featured in Time magazine for their article about women in
mid-life who have reinvented themselves. If you liked today’s
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for an extraordinary retirement. Dr. Cynthia Barnett