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Old 07-25-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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Default 7 Secrets to a Happy Retirement

To agree or disagree with.
secrets-to-happy-retirement: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

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 seven traits happy retirees share.

The above is from the link
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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I woud put enough ,money at the very top. Just like divorce not having ewnough and struggling leads to failure in many of the others listed.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:18 PM
 
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I woud put enough ,money at the very top. Just like divorce not having ewnough and struggling leads to failure in many of the others listed.
It deals with that and in a way that makes sense:

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Enough money. Of course you'll need enough money to support your chosen lifestyle in retirement. But beyond that, more money will not make you happier. The Watson Wyatt survey found that the absolute amount of money you have for retirement is less important than how your retirement income compares to your income before retirement. If you have enough to continue your pre-retirement lifestyle, you have enough.

Makes sense. If you can continue your lifestyle in retirement and meet the vision/goals you had then you are happy. If travel and other homes or cars were part of your goal it makes sense having them will bring satisfaction.
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:08 AM
 
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If I didn't have enough money for, say, a safe car or new glasses, I'd feel poor, whether in my work life or in retirement.
If I don't arrange enough money in retirement for some of my fancier ideas (summers out West, volunteer vacations) that's be OK. Those are hopes and dreams. Having new glasses and money to get your teeth fixed is sort of baseline.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:42 PM
 
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I think it's a pretty good list. I think the sequence of the list may be different if you are an older or younger retiree but everything on it looks right.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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6 out of 7 for me. I don't agree about the SO. Why then do single middle aged women top out on the happiness surveys? I'm not needing anywhere near the income I had before retiring. Turns out working is really expensive!
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:36 AM
 
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6 out of 7 for me. I don't agree about the SO. Why then do single middle aged women top out on the happiness surveys? I'm not needing anywhere near the income I had before retiring. Turns out working is really expensive!
Single middle aged women top out on happiness surveys for one single reason: cats.

Hahaha...sorry, I couldn't pass that one up.

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Old 07-30-2010, 02:45 AM
 
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i thought it was chocolate
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Peoples Republic of Cali
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Single middle aged women top out on happiness surveys for one single reason: cats.

Hahaha...sorry, I couldn't pass that one up.

You Mean Cougers, right.....
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Old 07-30-2010, 03:24 PM
 
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I agree with 6 out of 7. I've never felt the need to remarry or live with anyone because I had a good 20-year marriage that ended suddenly when my husband died years ago. I'm glad not to have to consult anyone on major or minor decisions and I love living by myself (with no cats, no dogs, and very little chocolate). ;-)
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