Planning Your Dream Retirement and Living Happily Ever After

Who doesn’t dream of the day they retire and start living the good life? Finally stepping off the ever faster spinning gerbil cage we call work? When you think about it, with a life expectancy of another 20-30 years (or more), don’t you deserve to make the most of it?

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How to Deal with Fear of Retirement and Outliving Your Savings

After a lifetime of working and managing daily expenses, understandably, almost everyone is unsure if they saved quite enough. How to deal with fear of retirement and outliving your savings becomes critical to enjoy retired life. This can become a phobia with 52% of workers afraid they will run out of money.

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The Future of Retirement and Adapting to the New Normal

What is the future of retirement and what will it look like over the next decade? Especially when you consider the recent pandemic and how it is changing each of our lives in so many ways. No one knows exactly what the future will bring, thus the following are my thoughts and opinions of what may evolve.

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Retirement for First Timers |The Best Free e-Book

Retirement for First Timers is intended to be the most comprehensive free e-book available. In spite of the vast amount of information on the internet, seldom is it organized in a straight forward manner. Our guide captures the most critical things to prepare for a successful retirement. Each section also references the best and most expert sources of information.

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7 Most Interesting Retirement Websites (& FIRE sites) in 2020

With the world turned upside down due to COVID-19, no one has any idea what the new normal will look like. This heightens the need to think about what the future will bring. The Most Interesting Retirement & Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) websites is intended to share the best of 2020.

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The Pathway to Marital Happiness and Fulfillment in Retirement

Studies indicate that marital happiness, on average, declines over time. In other words, being married doesn’t guarantee a happy life. Except, we also witness a trend where some report their marriages dramatically improving over the years.
What is their secret?
The pathway to marital happiness and fulfillment uncovers the steps these select few have discovered.

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Improve Your Retirement Well-Being for a Happier & Healthier Life

The keys to improving your retirement well-being are achieving a solid financial base, maintaining good health, and experiencing happiness. The real secret is sufficient abundance in each of these areas promoting balance and harmony. The glaring reality is a shortage of any one of these areas will negatively influence your over-all well-being.

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The Top 12 Tips for a Successful Retirement

The top 12 tips for a Successful Retirement are based upon findings from 349 people expressing their thoughts as to what is most important to them. The best part, you can read it in their own words. They are planning and preparation, financial security, purpose and meaning, flexibility and adaptability, relationships, health, enjoyment and happiness, meaningful activity, mindset and attitude….

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How to Maintain a Positive Attitude in Retirement to Improve Happiness

About half the time, our minds slide into darker thoughts. We tend to dwell on problems and the things that bother us. Sometimes, we even get stuck and can’t let something go. Improving and maintaining a positive attitude in retirement becomes critical to improve your overall happiness and health. What is the one thing you have control over?

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How to Have a Successful Retirement even if you Didn’t Save Enough

Contrary to popular belief, money does not guarantee a good retirement! In fact, focusing on money alone may actually blind you from achieving the best years of life. The question that haunts many, what if I haven’t saved enough? How can I have a successful retirement?

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Should You Retire During a Recession (or the Coronavirus)?

Unlike the flu bug, novel coronavirus (or COVID-19) has become a world-wide pandemic! And there appears to be no end in sight in the near future and we are entering into a major recession. You may be asking yourself, should you retire during a recession that is deepening during this outbreak?

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What You Need to Know About Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance 2020

The coronavirus is first and foremost in everyone’s minds these days. As it continues to wreak havoc with the world, unemployment is soaring to new heights in the US. Last week, claims for benefits skyrocketed to 281,000 first time claims. The jump in claims was a 33% increase, larger than anything that occurred during the Great Recession.

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Will Your Marriage Survive Retirement? Or Not?

For the majority of couples, their marriages will survive retirement. With all the hype about gray (silver) divorce, it’s only natural to wonder if you’ll become the next victim. The transition into retirement can be fraught with challenges that many will struggle with. And who hasn’t heard a painful story of a long-term relationship that ended for no apparent reason?

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7 Ways to Reduce Healthcare Costs in Retirement

Healthcare costs easily can spiral out-of-control! Even when you think you have a handle on them, you’re probably paying too much. It’s an understatement that the U.S. care system is expensive and confusing. The following article outlines the 7 best strategies to reduce healthcare costs in retirement…

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Are Cruises Worth It or are they Nickel & Diming us to Death?

Are you wondering if cruises are really worth it? It used to be that you could book a cruise for under a hundred bucks per night. It seems by the time you get off the ship nowadays, it’s substantially more expensive than it used to be. It begs the question, are cruises worth it?

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Why You Should Take Vacation Before Retiring

A vacation before retiring is often considered a luxury. What would you do if you were diagnosed with an incurable terminal disease with three months to live? As crazy as the question sounds, it might be the most important one you’ve ever asked yourself. If there is something you’ve always yearned to do, why wait?

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What is Forced Retirement? Combating Ageism in 2020

Forced retirement is the term used to describe employer driven job loss forcing older workers to leave earlier (either retire or find another job) than they would otherwise choose. Three conditions must exist, the company wants you gone, leaving is not your preferred choice, and your age is over 40…

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What Does Forced Retirement Mean? Top 7 Questions Answered

What does forced retirement mean? It invokes anxiety and uncertainty because of the confusion and so many unanswered questions. It also goes by the names of involuntary job termination, involuntary job separation or downsizing to name a few. Unfortunately, it is a growing trend that is not showing any signs of slowing down…

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Bulletproof Your Future and Avoid Forced Retirement

As you approach retirement, think of your career as an airplane on the final approach. This is one of the most dangerous parts (besides take-off) of the entire flight. Unlike the airline industry with a pretty good safety record, over half of people at this stage in life will crash and burn!

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How to Deal with Forced Retirement in 2020

You probably never dreamed it would happen to you. Yet, countless thousands across the country every day deal with forced retirement. The loss of employment at this critical stage can be financially devastating and emotionally crippling. Recovering from job loss after the age of 50 will be the determining factor in how the rest of your life will unfold…

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The Ultimate Guide on Things to do When Retired and Bored

Retirement is supposed to be the best time of your life, right? No one retires and expects to be bored to death. That isn’t what you signed up for. The 77 things to do when retired and bored to revitalize your life takes a unique approach to boredom busting.
First, understand that boredom is a state of mind where you experience disinterest and lack of motivation. Some of the factors that contribute to feeling bored might include…

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Crown Paradise Golden Review | What No Else Will Tell You

we decided to share our unbiased review of the Crown Paradise Golden resort. To be completely candid, we had a fantastic two-week vacation and would go back in a heart beat. In fact, numerous people we met return year after year with no desire to ever go anywhere else. This is an adult only facility, yet you have full access to the family focused sister resort next door.

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7 Amazing Facts About Panama Canal You Need to Know for Your Next Cruise

If the Panama Canal is on your bucket list, a cruise might be just the ticket for you. Far more than just an engineering marvel, the canal has become a critical pathway interconnecting two oceans. There are so many amazing facts about Panama Canal that lots of people miss out on. You might wonder what is so special about the Panama Canal…

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The Hidden Disability | Hearing Loss with Aging

Maybe you are concerned that your ears aren’t as sharp as they used to be or your partner, parent, or other loved one has difficulty. Often referred to as the “Hidden Disability”, hearing loss associated with aging is far more widespread than most of us are aware. In fact, it is one of the most common conditions affecting about…

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The Million Dollar Question: What Age to Retire?

What age to retire might be best explained as “how much longer do I have to work at a job that no longer fulfills me?” Whether you hate your job, are burnt out from the daily grind, have health concerns or want some more time to yourself, you may be thinking and asking yourself when can I leave all this stress behind.

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How Much to Save for Retirement REALLY? | Retirement Planning

A typical retirement calculator spits out the number of $1.2 Million for what you need to have saved. For your average American, that is not only unrealistic, but also impossible for most of us. It is estimated as many as 80% of people have absolutely no idea how much to save for retirement. Understand, the financial institutions are motivated to sell you their products and services. It becomes a scare tactic to consistently overstate…

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Why You Should Never Retire

Is retirement a slow death, the beginning of the inevitable decline? Why you should never retire began from a conversation with a friend. He argued quite passionately that he would never retire. After some research, I have to agree that a strong case can be made to remain working. Retirement is not for everyone….

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How to Gain Inner Peace and Reduce Anxiety with a Living Will

A Living Will helps you gain inner peace by coming to terms with your own mortality. For most of us, it’s unpleasant to think about how life events might unfold. So, at a subconscious level, this creates anxiety and fear of the unknown and the future. By discussing and documenting your medical wishes, you gain peace of mind knowing that you have prepared, as best as you can…

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Where to Live in Retirement | Places to Retire

We are all imperfect and it is easy to “get stuck” on an issue. Where to live in retirement is an “easier said than done” decision. The biggest pitfall is choosing the wrong place to live. You might make the decision for all the right reasons, yet still find yourself unhappy.
Fresh tears of frustration threatened anew. Every time it ended up in an argument! Oblivious to her misery…

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Retirement for Couples: A Helpful Guide for Your Marriage

Retirement for couples involves navigating the waters together and it could, possibly, be the most challenging period of your relationship. Communication is key. You and your spouse need to discuss alignment and find ways to come up with compromises. Let’s be completely honest, the choices made (or not made) will impact your marriage and future happiness…

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History of Retirement: The Story No One Else Shares

Although we observe military pensions dating back as far as Roman times, retirement is a relatively new concept. “Germany became the first nation in the world to adopt an old-age insurance program in 1889.” The Marxists were growing in power and popularity demanded radical socialist alternatives. The “Iron Chancellor” Otto von Bismarck introduced…

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Pros and Cons of a Gluten Free Diet

Are there any real benefits of a gluten free diet or is this just another fad? I never really gave it much thought until several of my friends, over the past few months, announced they were avoiding gluten. Their comments included that they felt better or they were trying to lose weight. It got me thinking…

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Bad Boss | My Journey to Hell and Back

Ever had such a bad boss that you felt physically ill? This is a personal story of an event that forever changed my life. It began that horrific Friday. My husband sensed something terrible had happened to me after I arrived home that day. Sitting across the table, my eyes welled with tears …

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Baby Boomer Facts: The Truth about the Retirement Crisis

You’ve probably already heard that we’re heading into a retirement crisis. The reality is our world has significantly changed and our retirements will be vastly different than most expect. Some of the following baby boomer facts will surprise you and…

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What to do in Retirement | 7 Fun Ways You Can Revitalize

What to do in retirement has become an almost universal question. Are you having “fun” after retiring? After all those years of hard work, these should be the best and happiest years of your life. My wife and I decided to splurge on a cruise to celebrate …

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Most Important Ingredient for Retirement Happiness

You might believe your retirement happiness is dependent upon how much money you saved. Maybe you are concerned you will outlive your savings. While sufficient wealth is important for a comfortable lifestyle, the truth is money doesn’t buy lasting happiness! In fact, supportive healthy relationships are…

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Happiness in Retirement is a Choice, not a Given

Maybe you are a “realist” and not quite as happy as you could be. You are not alone, lots of people are just like you and one day realize something is missing. More often than not, happiness in retirement becomes elusive. This is Jim’s story….

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Avoid Gray Divorce | Find Happiness Before it is too Late

You probably never thought that you might be a candidate for “gray divorce”! After all those years together, you thought you would continue to grow and enjoy the next years of your life. We are being sold a bill of goods…

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The 7 Most Common Marriage Problems after Retirement

How is your marriage after the past 20 plus years? Marriage problems after retirement have led to divorce rates doubling since the 1990’s for those over 50. Remaining happily married after retirement is no longer a given. After half a life-time of working and raising children, some couples are shocked to discover…

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