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Old 08-03-2014, 05:33 PM
 
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I just finished reading this book. I would recommend it for both financial advice and overall happiness in retirement.

Wes Moss reveals the secrets of happy retirement
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Interesting. The author did not limit himself to financial issues, but also tackled "happiness" issues. Some of his findings are relevant to many other threads in this forum where the issue of how much activity we want comes up. Some people actually defend vegetating. Here is Wes Moss on the subject:

"No. 3 is very important. Busier retirees are happier. Core pursuits or hobbies on steroids. That would be like an avid golfer, avid hiker or an avid runner. They have core pursuits. Happy retires have 3.6 core hobbies, unhappy have less than two."
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:37 PM
 
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I really liked what he said in his book, so I streamed his radio talk show this morning from the internet. He talked a lot about being happy in retirement not just having enough money.
It is on every Sunday from 9:00am-11:00am EST. www.wsbradio.com

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Old 08-03-2014, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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This makes perfect sense. The busier I am the happier I am - IF - I'm busy doing things I enjoy.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:11 PM
 
Location: land of ahhhs
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Oh, no, I'm doomed: 68 and not yet retired. Interesting thesis. My own, very unofficial, survey yields more mixed results. Could it be that those who chose to retire are happier, those who were more or less forced into it, (or felt it was just time to retire), are less happy because it wasn't really a free choice? If you've managed to plan and achieve the financial independence to retire in your 50s, you must really have wanted that goal, so are more pleased . I wonder if the happiness difference holds through the years. Will the early retirees at 75 still be happier than those 75 year olds who retired at the usual retirement age? And what about late retirees, who might be very engaged in their work? Where do they fit on the happiness bell curve once they do retire and are compared to the other two groups at the same age?
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