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Old 08-14-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Having goals is important. And also dreams.
Life doesn't end at retirement.
Just a new beginning
Exactly. Young people have looked at the life my husband and I have and say 'I wish I was old enough to retire!'.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:23 AM
 
Location: USA
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A Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot win! lol
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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A Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot win! lol
Already know exactly what I would do with it (UK Lotto or Euromillions).

After family and charities, few countries in the world would be left without my footprint. And no more traveling cattle class.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:37 AM
 
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I don't believe that most people are that much different after they retire - as far as happiness anyway. You're still the same person; the only difference is that you don't have to get up and go to work. But you're still you....meaning, if one is content with who they are, comfortable with who they are, etc., those are the characteristics we take with us once retired.
Exactly. It makes no sense to me that the 'ingredients' for a happy retirement should differ from those for a happy life.

That said, I'm enjoying reading what posters here think are the elements of a happy life, I just ignore the retirement part.

For me, there's only one thing that becomes more important as we age: the acceptance of one's mortality.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Exactly. It makes no sense to me that the 'ingredients' for a happy retirement should differ from those for a happy life.

That said, I'm enjoying reading what posters here think are the elements of a happy life, I just ignore the retirement part.

For me, there's only one thing that becomes more important as we age: the acceptance of one's mortality.

No truer words could be spoken.

For me Golf Golf Golf. Ameriscot how are the links there compared to those you have golfed in the states? That is if you golf.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Exactly. It makes no sense to me that the 'ingredients' for a happy retirement should differ from those for a happy life.

That said, I'm enjoying reading what posters here think are the elements of a happy life, I just ignore the retirement part.

For me, there's only one thing that becomes more important as we age: the acceptance of one's mortality.
The difference is in retirement we have plenty of time to do what we enjoy and when we want to do it. This is assuming you didn't really love your job, which only a few seem to.

Realizing you no longer have all the time in the world to do things it should encourage us to make each day count.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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No truer words could be spoken.

For me Golf Golf Golf. Ameriscot how are the links there compared to those you have golfed in the states? That is if you golf.
I know I live in the country that invented it but I don't golf. I'm sure the links are amazing here. We've got St. Andrews course as well as lots of others used in tournaments.

A few golfers in my family in the US though.

I'm more of a hiker, kayaker, bicyclist when it comes to outdoor pursuits. And a serious, but amateur, photographer.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Florida -
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Here is my "best ingredients" list:

1. Reasonable financial security. Lavish living NOT required. But assurance of a modest level of comfort removes much stress.

2. Reasonably good health. This is only partially in our own hands, of course. Good habits like not smoking, a good diet and continued physical activity will improve our chances but will not guarantee anything.

3. Some meaningful activity or engagement with the outside world. This can take many, many forms and in my opinion is more important for singles that for couples, who at least have built-in interaction with one other human being. I am divorced and live alone, so perhaps I am particularly aware of this third point.
Good list. Although, being married for 46-years, makes #3 a little less relevant --- we still find (after moving to be near grandkids 2-3-years ago) that a social circle of friends is very important.

I would also add FAMILY, Spiritual commitment, Location and Amenities!

So we have:
Financial Security
Health
Social Activity/Engagement
Family
Spiritual Commitment
Location
Amenities (beach, college, culture, parks, etc).
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:03 PM
 
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Great thread full of good points!
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:39 PM
 
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Health has to be first. Unfortunately we do not have control of that.
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