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