How to cultivate a happier retirement


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My mother is the most negative person I know. God love her, her most regular vocab is "can't". She is 84.

"Think of all the activities and plans canceled because of the pandemic.". Interesting statement, only one thing falls in that category for me, didn't get to go see my Japanese family members. Did everything thing else the way I wished for the whole time.

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Having screwed around with people’s lives for the better part of two years; governments and non government organizations owe big time. Assisting those affected to get their lives back on track should be right at the top of their priority list.

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This writing seems to fall under the “let them eat cake” “mindset”.

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There are many important crucial points and I speak from personal experience.

Health and exercise. Less time visiting hospitals the better our lives and our pockets.

No smoking and less alcohol.

Good healthy food and a balanced diet.

Interesting activities and hobbies alone and in groups.

Reading and exercising and developing the mind.

Learning new subjects and activities.

Good relationships with family, friends, and neighbors.

Sufficient income. Japanese state pension would be very difficult to live on even with owning your own house.

Private pensions and savings are needed.

Learning to do more with less.

Sufficient sleep.

There are many more, just be creative.

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Disposing of unneeded material things and bulky “needed” things. Detaching from toxic and negative people.

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Prepare a living will and what will happen at your end.

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Remember that love is a verb, not a noun. It is something you do, not something you have

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As if most of us can afford to retire, governments having trashed the economy so badly in the last few years.

When the media or politicians run stories about money not being that important, it means your government have failed and you are all going to be a lot poorer as a result.

The suggestion that not being optimistic may require you to visit a therapist is quite Chinese. They have camps for that.

If you are pessimistic about the future, you are probably a realist with a good grip on world events. It doesn't mean you can't enjoy life, but you will need to have enough cash to do that. Scrimping and saving to stay afloat does not make you happy. It just wears you down. Poverty is brutal.

If you are optimistic about the future, right now, and are not wealthy, therapy might not be such a bad idea.

In general, old age is really grim, and doesn't get better. Increased pain, limited mobility, failing faculties, weakness, dementia, frailty and incontinence await all of us. Even money doesn't fix much of that. Devote some of your life to pleasure before you get too old to do so.

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