While growing up on a farm in southern Indiana, I don’t recall ever hearing the word “retire.” Farmers just kept on until they dropped. Well, that isn’t exactly the truth-there was often a son who took over the actual farming while Dad and Mom continued to live out their days in their old farm home.
Nowadays, retirement is on everyone’s lips if they are heading into their 60s. Recently an article from US News listed the seven secrets of a happy retirement. No surprise that good health is No. 1. Without it, nothing else matters very much. Here is the rest of the list:
- A significant other; married or cohabitating couples are happier than singles in retirement.
- A social network; having friends was reported to be more important than having kids or grandkids.
- Not being addicted to television; happy retirees have a variety of interesting activities to fill their time.
- Maintaining intellectual curiosity with brain stimulators; bridge, reading, etc.
- Not addicted to achievement if your job defined who you are; you will probably have more difficulty in retirement.
- Enough money to support your retirement lifestyle. More than that does not seem to increase happiness.
I will add one more thing to the list. Become a volunteer or work part-time. It will help fulfill many of the requirements on this page.