Saturday, January 24, 2009

Retirement Activities - Spend More Time Doing the Things You Enjoyed Doing Before Retirement

Retire Happy by Spending More Time Doing
the Things You Enjoyed Doing Before Retirement
Not so long ago Gunther Schoeps, a former Lutheran Minister at St. Paul's Chapel in Edmonton, called me to let me know what he is doing in retirement. When he retired at 70, he decided to indulge in several activities that he had pursued before retirement, but not as much as he would have liked.

For one, he started reading more. One of the first two books that he read after his retirement day was The Joy of Not Working. He claimed that the chapter on handling boredom was very helpful to him. Schoeps also intended to visit his homeland of Germany more often and to devote more time to cross-country skiing, hiking, and cycling.

Here are some resources to help you have a happier retirement:

Here are some new articles that will soon appear on The Retirement Cafe:

    More Ways to Kill Retirement Boredom Without a Gun - from Chapter 8 - 1001 Ways to Enjoy Your Retirement
    Make the Creation and Maintenance of Friends Your Overriding Purpose
    Green Thumb Yourself Out of Depression
    When Comfort Doesn't Feel Comfortable, Do Something Uncomfortable
    Stay Active Doing the Things That You Find Interesting
Retirement Quote:
    Whatever the challenge of a new age, in the end what really counts is not the years in our lives but the life in our years. It is not about longevity, but the depth of life. Long ago I learned that age does not wither the mind if people remain positive. No one is too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. It is a mind game. As Churchill suggested, "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
    — Singapore Retiree JENNIE CHAU

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