Six positive things to do for your retirement perspective

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Recently, I read an article written by Robert Powell, editor of Retirement Weekly, titled "6 Ways To Have A Happy Retirement." He focused on six specific themes that can have a positive impact on a senior's retirement perspective.

The overall message resonated with me considerably, so I thought I would highlight those behaviors he feels lead to a happy retirement.

  • Determine what is most meaningful in your life. What would bring you the greatest satisfaction, pleasure and purpose during retirement? Ask the question before you retire.

If indecisive, help might be found at www.LifePlanningForYou.com. We all must have a "sense of purpose" no matter what age we are.

  • Learn to be social. Staying happy in retirement means staying connected. There is an inherent need for all of us to develop and maintain connections to others.

We know that loneliness often leads to depression, which can be life threatening. Consider taking on a meaningful role in someone's life. Volunteering, or even a part-time job, can provide purpose.

  • Look after your health. We all know diet and exercise are critical to maintaining a healthy brain and body. So find ways to eat more protein and less carbs (which includes sugar).

Muscle mass, bone density and overall physical energy are a function of a consistent exercise regimen that includes cardio and strength training.

You must make exercise a daily habit - like laughing and smiling.

  • Develop a positive attitude toward retirement. Research shows that viewing retirement as a sign of growth and having positive views of physical and mental health have profound effects.

People with negative retirement stereotypes do not live as long as people with positive attitudes towards retirement. Thinking positively about your "future as a retiree" is part of your preparation.

  • Consider a senior living community. Most Americans have an ingrained mindset that we should "age in place," alone in our big house; however, research shows people might do better by "aging in community."

There is a wide range of senior living options that make it possible to find a community where your social needs can be met and you can stay engaged while making new friends.

  • Meditate. It appears that dedicating time to meditate improves health no matter what age. Meditation increases empathy, reduces stress, sharpens the mind, and increases your creativity and overall happiness.

No doubt there are many ways to have a happy retirement. A positive attitude with the right perspective will make it the happiest.

Joe Agee is the marketing and sales director for The Seabrook of Hilton Head. www.TheSeabrook.com

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