Your retirement years present opportunities for you to do the things you've always dreamed. It can be scary at first - retirement frees up between 2,000 - 3,000 hours per year and, if you're not used to having time on your hands, you could be forgiven for wondering how on earth you're going to fill them all! But, with a positive attitude, you can find the happiness you desire (and deserve) during this special time in your life...
The key concept is to figure out what makes you happy and then go for it.
You might not be used to the idea of doing whatever you'd like with your time. You can help yourself get started by listing the things you've always wanted to do but didn't have the time. Next, continue the list with regular activities that are important to you.
Here are some more ideas on how to find happiness during retirement:
1. Do something that makes you laugh. You can have a great time in retirement by focusing on the simple things that make you laugh. Maybe you'll enjoy playing games with your grandkids or catching a comedy at the local cinema.
2. Keep yourself active. When you maintain an active routine, it keeps you in shape, which helps you feel healthy and happy. Do whatever is in your power to keep your mind and body active so that you can enjoy your retirement to its fullest.
3. Develop a new hobby. You can enjoy a new hobby leisurely or develop it to an expert level. If an old pastime doesn't make you happy anymore, then try something new.
4. Spend time with the people that matter. Many people say that one of the toughest things about working is not having enough time to spend with family members. Now that you don't have to work anymore, get together with your family and friends often and create cherished new memories together.
5. Have a positive attitude. Always strive to have a positive attitude about life. When you're negative and closed off, you won't be open to new opportunities. There are many accomplishments you can still make throughout your lifetime, so why waste time with a negative attitude?
6. Find a new job. If you like working, there's no reason that you have to stop doing it. You can create your own unique work opportunities during retirement.
If you don't need to worry about money, then you can get any job you enjoy including volunteering at the library, church, or community centre.
Perhaps you've always wanted to start your own small business. Retirement is a great time to get involved in a new venture.
7. Take the time to travel. If you're the adventurous type, you may find much happiness in traveling the world. If you don't have a lot of extra cash, look into frugal travel ideas. For example, there are many group tours that cater to those who don't mind skipping some luxuries to save on the cost.
The key to finding happiness in your retirement is to take action toward the things you enjoy. It's tempting to do nothing, which can be fun from time to time, but overall it's an active life that brings the most pleasure and fulfillment.
This short guide was brought to you by Ann Harrison and Contemporary Retirement Coaching