The key is to keep moving.” –Ben Whittaker, The Intern
The first years of retirement may be utterly fun for retirees. However, after traveling to multiple cities and countries, the retired life may get uneventful. What’s the recipe to have a continuously blissful retirement life? Here are some things to remember:
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Keep your kids at arms’ length
Never underestimate the effect of having the kids around. According to studies, people who have a satisfying personal relationship develop fewer illnesses and a good level of overall health. Poor relationships erase the happiness that retirement brings. Having loved ones around not only helps with escaping boredom but also adds years to life.
As it cliché as it may sound, taking risks is always a way to keep a vibrant life. After pursuing all those hobbies for the first years of retirement, try something new and challenging. It is never too late to explore and experiment!
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Maintain active social networks
Most happy retirees are those who have robust social networks. It is hard to keep in touch with a handful of friends as the years go by. Joining new clubs or going out more often will surely lead to new friendships.
Always remember the three “buckets” that should be maintained during retirement: first, the essentials bucket which comprises the basic needs; secondly, the lifestyle bucket which covers the fun activities and hobbies to do during retirement; lastly, the nest egg bucket which may come in handy for emergency situations.