By Ernie J. Zelinski
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Retirement is the perfect time to become the person you would like to be and do the things you have always wanted to do. No doubt doing everything you have always wanted to do sounds great. It won’t happen by itself, however. This is true even if you have excellent health and a big pile of money in the bank when you retire.

#1 Trick for How to Retire Happy? 

I was unhappy being retired until

I found the secret to a happy retirement!  

Retirement planning is important. You must take steps to ensure that when the bell rings to announce your retirement, you’re ready for what’s in front of you. The time available for marital, personal, social, creative, and family activities expands considerably when the hours previously taken up with full-time employment cease. How you manage time is just as important as when you are in the workforce. A large retirement income and the best retirement advice in the world won't help if you don't do something intelligent with them.

This I can assure you: You won’t find genuine joy and satisfaction by spending all your time sleeping, relaxing, loafing, and watching TV, hoping to live up to the ideal of a true idler.

Many retired people with nothing to do wind up depressed and hating retirement. In this regard, Florida physician Richard Neubauer concluded that many people experience a rapid decline in physical and mental health soon after retirement — often due to idleness and feelings of uselessness.

The following articles on how to retire happy are a good start:


  • Aging and Old Age
    Aging and Old Age in Retirement: The Various Fears of Aging and Old Age along with Quotes and Sayings about Old Age and Aging.
  • Fun Things to Do When You Retire
    Fun Things to Do When You Retire According to The Retirement Café
  • Top Ten Activities When You Are Retired
    Top 10 Activities to Pursue When Retired and Top-10 Retirement Activities That Are Never Too Late to Pursue Unless You Are Dead
  • Health in Retirement
    Health in Retirement: Health Is the Best Retirement Gift That You Can Give Yourself: When money is lost, a little is lost. When time is lost, much more is lost. When health is lost, practically everything is lost. And when creative spirit is lost, there is nothing left.
  • Retirement Travel
    Travel Is the Second Best Retirement Gift for Retirees to Give Themselves - Health Is the First. General Travel Tips for Retirees. Quotes about Travel. Retirement Travel Guide Resources.
  • Letters from the Happily Retired
    Retirement Letters from the Happily Retired about How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

This is where How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free also comes into the picture. For the most part, this book offers retirement wisdom that you won’t receive from your financial advisor. Contrary to popular wisdom, many elements — not just having a million or two in the bank — contribute to happiness and satisfaction for today’s retirees. Indeed, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support play bigger roles than financial status for most retirees.


How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor 



  • How Retirees Can Be Productive Slackers!
  • Is Your Retirement Plan a Retirement Job?
  • Why Most Americans and Canadians Suck at Retirement (Planning)
  • The Joy of Being Retired
  • Why Retirement Rocks and Work Sucks
  • Is Your Retirement Heaven or Hell?
  • Are You Prepared for Retirement — Think hard!
  • Best Places to Retire — Where to Hang Your Retirement Hat
  • Keep Your Wife Out of the Poorhouse 
  • Retire Now — Don't Die Working 
  • Retirement Newsmaker or Troublemaker? 
  • It's a Great Time to Be Retired — There's So Much to Do! 
  • Retire Before You Expire — Why Tempt Fate and Die Working? 
  • There Is Life After Retirement 
  • Retirement Allows You to Pursue Your First Love — Which Is to Live Life to the Fullest 
  • Retire Early — Here's How! 
  • Winning a Lottery — The Retirement Plan with the Most Bugs to Be Worked Out
  • It's a Great Time to Be Retired — Your Retirement Advantages!
  • 10 Tough Retirement Questions
  • Does Your Retirement Plan Include Your Spouse? If It Doesn't, Be Clear That She Is Not In My Retirement Plan! 
  • 9 Dumbest Retirement Moves
  • Retire Before You Expire! — Early Retirement May Be Good for You
  • Ready to Retire Happy — Get Real! (Surprise — Retiring Happy Isn't
    All about Money)
  • Retiring Too Late Means You Don't Get Another Chance to Do It Right!
  • Retirement Planning Tip — Get More Serious about Leisure than about
  • 7 Secrets to a Happy Retirement  
  • Top 25 Reasons to Retire Early
  • Some Interesting Facts That Will Help You Retire
  • 10 Interesting Retirement Pursuits That Are Never Too Late to Undertake
    Unless You Are Dead — See Surplus1 File in Real Success
    The Best Country in the World for Taking Early Retirement (see also
  • 10 Sure Ways to Put More Time into Your Life
  • What Wealthy and Weird Travelers Do for Kicks
  • The Best Famous Last Words Ever by Famous and Not-So-Famous People
  • Top 10 Clues to the Meaning of Life  

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Retirement Tips

Laugh often. Starting your day with a good laugh, or at least a big smile, is as beneficial to your health as it is to your mood. Scientific studies at Northwestern University and Fordham University concluded that laughter benefits the heart, lungs, stomach and other organs. It relaxes tensions, changes attitude, and increases the body's natural painkillers. And it has no harmful side effects.
— Harvey Mackay

The Ideal Retirement Plan: "Marry an old rich broad and wait for her to die."
— Ivan Wilson (commenting on an online article about retirment planning.)

When the majority of people get my age, once they retire and get Social Security they lay on the couch and do nothing. The next thing you know, they're not with us any more.
— 77-year-old Retiree August Gonsoulin

Retirees have two choices: choose the couch — or choose life.
— Jane McBride

For a happy day, look for something bright and beautiful in nature. Listen for a beautiful sound, speak a kind word to some person, and do something nice for someone without their knowledge.
— Unknown 85-year-old Wise Retired Person

RETIRED: Now I have a life!
— Unknown wise person


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