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Are You Too Optimistic or Too Pessimistic with Your Financial Plans?

Individuals tend to have a natural bias toward optimism or pessimism. Experts believe that this bias is about 25% genetic but heavily influenced by your upbringing, relationships, and ease of schooling and other early successes and failures. It is also determined by age. A study found that optimism generally increases throughout younger adulthood, flattens out between ages 55 and 70 and then slowly decreases again after that. (Yes, it coincides roughly with the ages when you are happiest.) Is this a glass half full? Or, a glass half empty? No matter how you got to be the way you are, it is important...

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Retirement Boredom and Other Hardships: 14 Ways to Eliminate the Ennui

Figuring out if you can retire securely is hard. (Haven’t solved this problem yet? Don’t worry. Use the NewRetirement Planner to create a plan for cash flow, withdrawals, taxes, legacy goals, where to live, and more.) However, for some, being retired is hard too with retirement boredom topping the list of problems. Below are the top “hardships” of living in retirement according to a recent survey on the NewRetirement Facebook group and 14 tips for dealing with retirement boredom. Too Much Time with the Spouse After years of living mostly separate lives on most days,...

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What Motivates You to Retire? How Did Others Decide to Take the Leap?

Death. Illness. Prejudice. Guess what? They aren’t all entirely bad. In fact, according to a recent survey on the NewRetirement Facebook group, these are some of the strongest motivations that propel people toward retirement and living life on their own terms. Just remember, there is no right motivation for retirement. In fact, not retiring is how some people are happiest. Retirement is an entirely personal decision. As Jeff wrote, “We all have to make decisions based on our circumstances. I remember being on the high dive board as a kid, deciding to make that jump. It is a deep...

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41 Retirement Party Ideas: Retirement is a Big Deal, Commemorate and Celebrate the Occasion!

One of the best ways to celebrate retirement is with a retirement party.  Retirement is a huge milestone and a great occasion to commemorate. Even if you and your colleagues have been working remotely, you should still salute a retirement. Throw a party for yourself or get a friend to do it for you. Plan to celebrate a friend or family member with the best party ever. When and Where to Have the Retirement Party A retirement party can be anything you want it to be: A Zoom cocktail hourA luncheon during the workdayA Saturday night eventA sports game on a Sunday afternoonAfter work...

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Oldest Olympians at the 2021 Tokyo Games

Think Olympic glory is behind you?  You might be surprised by the ages of the oldest Olympians. There are at least a handful of Olympians in their 50s and 60s competing in Tokyo this year. While historically the oldest Olympic athletes have competed in equestrian, sailing and shooting  competitions, the average ages are younger this year in these events. However, there are a few notable exceptions and some notably older athletes in other sports: Mary Hanna, 66, and Other Equestrians Dressage rider Mary Hanna, 66, of Australia is the oldest competing Olympian in Tokyo. This is her sixth Olympics. Also...

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65 Tips for a Healthy, Wealthy, and Happy Retirement!

If you want to have a good retirement, you need to figure out what that means to you. Do some life planning for retirement, set goals, and use these retirement tips to create a plan that allows you to achieve exactly what you want. What do most of us want? It is usually pretty simple, we want a happy, wealthy, and happy retirement. A happy retirement is no longer really about sitting with your feet up and watching the rest of the world whiz by. Many people now think that retirement is a time for embarking on one of life’s greatest adventures. This is the time to do what you want with...

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120 Big Ideas for What to Do in Retirement

You’ve probably spent at least a little time thinking about what to do in retirement. How will you fill your days? Where will you go? What will you do? With whom will you spend time? In retirement, you likely have more options for how to spend your time than ever before. And, you certainly don’t have to settle on only one goal, hobby or pursuit.Maybe you’ll pursue painting. Or perhaps skydiving is more up your alley. Think that’s crazy? Geraldine Watson did her first skydive at the age of 85, and loved it! Did she want to do it again? No. She had other dreams to pursue. Whether...

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The Surprising Age When Happiness Peaks (Hint: You Probably Aren’t Even There Yet)

body.k2 .right-rail-negative-margin {margin-top:-20px !important;} .nr_narrow_header {max-width: 640px;} You probably looked at your parents’ and grandparents’ retirement as times of slowing down. But, if you are in your 50s, 60s, and even 70s or 80s, I am willing to bet that is not how you feel about your own future. Nowadays, retirement is an exciting time to restart life. And, research firmly backs that these years will likely be your best ever. Surprising findings: The 2 ages when people are happiest This is likely to surprise you. I was kind of shocked. But, a few years...

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