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Old 08-14-2014, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Whatever has always make you happy

Whatever new things make you happy

Whatever makes you happy

Never listening to others who tell you what should make you happy
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Miraflores
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I would throw a young pretty wife/girlfriend or a pretty young wife/girlfriend into the mix as well!
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Old 08-14-2014, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Delray Beach
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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 health and financial security are first and foremost.
But I would replace "meaningful activity" with LOVE..from a significant other preferably, then friends and family.
After that it's all good whether you travel the world or swing in a hammock.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:50 PM
 
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Tequila, triple sec, mix, rocks, salt, and lime.

on a regular basis.
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:00 AM
 
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The key ingredient is a happy spouse (and one's own happiness with that spouse). Money and health are no minor things, and assuredly are useful and necessary. But they don’t compensate for loneliness. While working, we have the companionship of our coworkers, and can con ourselves into believing that the solitary life can nevertheless be happy. This con is unmasked upon retirement.

If the OP wishes for validation of his good discipline in saving and investing, I offer it heartily. But these attainments are insufficient. Our gold goes far in the marketplace, but what of the things not for sale?
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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If you have your health, you have everything. And yes, it's mostly not in our control, but we can work at staying as healthy as we can, and we can work at overcoming the health problems we have, and coping the best we can.

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Having goals is important. And also dreams.
Life doesn't end at retirement.
Just a new beginning
I'm not so sure I agree with this. Life doesn't end, but it is winding down, isn't it? I don't have any big goals any more, just little ones. Like looking after my health, enjoying myself, and appreciating and loving the family and friends I have around me.

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Realizing you no longer have all the time in the world to do things it should encourage us to make each day count.
Precisely, Carpe Diem!
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:35 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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Any goals are good, even little ones. Gives you a reason to get up in the morning.
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Tequila, triple sec, mix, rocks, salt, and lime.

on a regular basis.
I will bring the glasses.

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Good health and financial security are first and foremost.
But I would replace "meaningful activity" with LOVE..from a significant other preferably, then friends and family.
After that it's all good whether you travel the world or swing in a hammock.


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The key ingredient is a happy spouse (and one's own happiness with that spouse). Money and health are no minor things, and assuredly are useful and necessary. But they donít compensate for loneliness. While working, we have the companionship of our coworkers, and can con ourselves into believing that the solitary life can nevertheless be happy. This con is unmasked upon retirement.

If the OP wishes for validation of his good discipline in saving and investing, I offer it heartily. But these attainments are insufficient. Our gold goes far in the marketplace, but what of the things not for sale?

TJ an Ohio I think you have the right of it. Having someone that you can love and that will love you in return is key in my book.

As for your quesion Ohio my original post was not meant as a question to validation of my preparation. I am sure that I have prepared well and that my wife and I will enjoy our golden years with money not being a problem. We are in good shape in that regard. My mention of validiation should have been taken as that people who come here to this site look for validation to what work we have done and what is it that needs to be changed. It was supposed to have been meant generic. If it didnt convey that way then I apologize and thank you for the offer.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:32 AM
 
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Well for one I must say that it is very important to have a plan in place. I think though that the most valuable ingredient is knowledge. I think that is why many of us come to this site. We have questions and ideas that we want to bounce off the experiences of others. Since I am still in the preparation phase I count myself as one who is looking for validation of what work I have done.

I know money is important and will determine how comfortable you are in retirement. It also is a double edged sword in that money doesnt always buy happiness.
MONEY! & HAWAII! LOL I mean really, how can you disagree!
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:49 PM
 
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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.

Totally agree. What is good for one person isn't always good for another as we introverts constantly battle.
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