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The Secrets to Happiness in Retirement

Posted by Twin Lakes on August 16, 2018

Secrets to happiness in retirementJack retired in 1998 as Vice President and Technical Director for a clinical research and testing company in which he co-owned. He loved his job, as it allowed him to travel the world, network and meet new people. 

When Jack retired, he had no plans of staying inside or slowing down. He just planned to change his focus. He still wanted to work part time — because he loved his work — but also wanted less responsibility and more time to give back to society.

Finding Happiness and Fulfillment in Retirement

Jack’s a people person. He likes to interact with others and lend a hand. It’s what makes him happy, and that’s just what he planned for retirement.

Research shows those who are happiest in retirement are like Jack, in that they give back and have discovered a sense of purpose. 

Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, says a growing number of retirees are finding fulfillment in volunteer positions or encore careers. “The most successful people in retirement look to use their talents and passions to make a contribution,” he says. 

For some, it’s frightening to leave the work world, the career they love and the circle of people they spend time with nearly every day. They feel a combination of excitement and anxiety as they wonder, “What will I do all day?” and “Who will I become?” For many, their career is a huge part of their self-identity.

Planning Your Retirement Beyond Finances

Before you retire, think about your interests, your hobbies, what you like about work, and what kind of volunteer opportunities appeal to you. Make a list of potential opportunities; seek out courses and programs that interest you. 

Just as you plan financially for how you want to live in retirement, also plan for how you will invest your time and talents and share yourself with the world. 

“Your psychic value and your economic value are correlated in our society, so find ways to protect both leading up to retirement. Aging well and aging gracefully are part of the goal,” says Chris Geczy, academic director of the Wharton Wealth Management Initiative

Jack moved into a villa home at Twin Lakes senior living community in Montgomery at age 69 and never slowed down. He worked part-time as a consultant for his company for several years while also volunteering and joining various committees. 

To date, he volunteers with various resident-driven committees, from those that organize parade floats and yard sales to committees for marketing and future planning. 

He volunteers at Ohio Valley Voices, a school for young children who are hearing impaired; is an Eucharistic minister at the Twin Lakes chapel; co-chairs a Bastille Day Celebration in Montgomery; and more. Jack was named the Blue Ash/Montgomery Rotary Club Citizen of the Year in 2015 for his volunteer work in the community surrounding Twin Lakes. 

His calendar is full all the time, and that’s just the way he likes it.  When a new door opens, Jack is there. “I worked in a very active company and led a busy life,” Jack says. “I have always really enjoyed it ... It keeps me young.”

Nestled in the heart of charming Montgomery, Ohio, Twin Lakes is a continuing care retirement community serving those age 62+.  If you would like a tour of Twin Lakes contact us at 513-247-1300 or click here to reach us onlineachieving whole person wellness: a guide

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