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Retirement Tips From “The Happiest Man In The World”

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Retirement Tips From “The Happiest Man In The World”

As we look at our retirement plan with concern, we realize that we need to continue working longer than we once imagined. For many Americans, modern- day retirement now includes working at least part-time. There are financial benefits, and it can help you stay active, engaged and happier during your retirement years.

A recent New York Times documentary, The Happiest Guy In The World introduces you to Mario Salcedo who is a modern day retiree. You’ll get a peek at his day to day life which includes plenty of time alone, working online five hours a day as an investment manager, and living on a cruise ship.

Mario frequently claims to be “the happiest guy in the world.” As you watch the documentary, you’ll get to contemplate many things and decide if you think he could be the happiest guy in the world or not. However, it’s his perspective that he is the happiest guy in the world. Embracing an excellent attitude for any of us despite our situation and environment seems to be something that can make us able to live with claims such as life is great, living the dream, and titling ourselves the happiest person in the world.

After you view the documentary, plan plenty of time to review the comments as they can be interesting. It shows us that being happy is subjective. No matter what your perspective is on this documentary, it’s interesting to see what we all consider a good life and a dream retirement.

The book, The Longevity Economy shares that old age is a made up story. We have stories about all of our life stages which are born from our experiences, personalities and life events. There seem to be fewer retirement stories than any other time in our life. The stories that are available make us believe that the last third of our life is a vacation which just isn’t reality. As with many stories, our life stages are glamorized such as our teen years filled with dating, a newlywed lifestyle, a business person lifestyle with freedom and income or a family person embracing a lifestyle with children such as in the film The Family Man with Nicholas Cage and Tea Leoni.

Growing older and retiring is anything but a vacation. If you have health issues which creep into our life often as we grow gracefully older, it doesn’t feel and seem like a vacation as we encounter adjustments to our lifestyles. Health issues are one of many circumstances which can impact our retirement financially. When we are facing retirement without the finances we need, it requires us to consider alternatives such as continuing to work.

Because we don’t have stories of authentic retirement, we cannot prepare for the stage of life called retirement. We find it easier to plan for college, a career, marriage, family, and vacations because we understand them and can set goals for them easier than we can for the mystical retirement. Most of us understand we aren’t going to be on vacation for the last chapter of our lives. However, we want to find a lifestyle that is achievable, more relaxed, financially secure, and let us embrace our unique definition of happiness. As we think about the lifestyle we want in our retirement years, look at each day, each month and set goals with work, volunteering, visiting relatives, being engaged socially, and traveling, even if it is seeing local attractions.

The documentary of  The Happiest Man In The World puts us in a contemplative state of mind. It helps us define what happiness means in our life. The cruise ship life and the lifestyle Mario is embracing may not be your cup of tea, but it can make you put some thought into embracing happiness for your retirement  years even if you are a modern retiree who has to work every day.

After Fifty Living™ was founded by Jo-Anne Lema, a genuine Boomer and member of the 50+ generation. As she likes to say, “Our enormous generation is charting new territory – we’re healthier, better educated, and more financially fit than any other generation at this time. And, as we march through history, 110 million strong – unique, new issues are developing. It’s exciting to be a part of the development and growth of This is a historic solution for a historic generation.”

Jo-Anne spent many years in the financial and operations side of higher education after having received a doctorate in education management and administration from Harvard, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Launching out on her own, though, has been the fulfillment of a life dream. Jo-Anne believes that “AfterFiftyLiving™ will delight its visitors, catalyze its partners, and will significantly benefit those who engage it.”

Residing in New England along with her husband of 35+ years, she never ceases to brag about her two children and 4 grandkids!

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