Re­tire­ment, chance for hap­pi­ness

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - HOME FEATURE - YOUR RE­TIRE­MENT PAUL McKEON You can order the book on our web site at re­tire­ment­

PETER thought that he had achieved a fair de­gree of suc­cess in his ca­reer as he ap­proached re­tire­ment.

He had climbed the cor­po­rate lad­der and had a good job, at­trac­tive part­ner, nice house and car and only one di­vorce.

He did how­ever suf­fer from anx­i­ety at­tacks and wasn’t re­ally happy.

Peter is a prod­uct of our so­ci­ety.

He thought he needed to look after num­ber one be­cause no one else would; he be­lieved buy­ing nice things would make him happy and a good job and salary means a suc­cess­ful life.

There’s noth­ing un­usual about any of Peter’s be­liefs – the only prob­lem is they are not the an­swer to find­ing a happy life.

De­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and other men­tal con­di­tions af­fect an in­creas­ingly large pro­por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion.

Aus­tralia now has the un­en­vi­able ti­tle as the second high­est con­sumer of anti-de­pres­sant drugs in the world and that sug­gests we should be look­ing at our life­styles and re­think­ing how we can get more hap­pi­ness into our lives.

Re­tire­ment gives Peter the op­por­tu­nity to think about his past and fu­ture life and what changes he needs to make if he is to find last­ing hap­pi­ness.

For­tu­nately the an­swers aren’t that com­pli­cated.

We just need to un­der­stand that last­ing hap­pi­ness isn’t de­pen­dent on ex­ter­nal fac­tors – it comes from within us. It’s about our at­ti­tude and the way we view the world.

If this ad­vice sounds a bit airy-fairy, I can of­fer a list of 10 prac­ti­cal steps that you can take to get more hap­pi­ness into your life. In our book A Holis­tic Guide to a Happy Re­tire­ment

we have in­cluded an ar­ti­cle by Pro­fes­sor Tim Sharp ti­tled Hap­pi­ness – How you can ex­pe­ri­ence more.

Prof Sharp be­lieves hap­pi­ness is a skill that most peo­ple can learn.

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SOUND AD­VICE: You've worked hard to en­joy your re­tire­ment years. Take time to pri­ori­tise what's im­por­tant in your life.

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