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Retirement blues

  • Published
    4th Dec, 2023

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Addressing retirement challenges, find meaning through continuous learning, habits, gratitude is necessary. Embrace a purposeful, ethical human interface with society.

The Challenge of Change

  • Identity Loss and Existential Vacuum: Retirement often brings a sense of identity loss, leading to an existential vacuum and potential boredom.
  • The Importance of Meaning: Finding meaning post-retirement is vital; purpose gives direction, motivation, and fulfillment, creating a meaningful life.
  • Shifting Outlook on Retirement: Retirees must view it as a shift from a job, not life; choosing to find meaning contributes positively to society.

The Power of Continuous Learning

  • Continuous Learning as Antidote: Continuous learning counters cognitive decline in old age; it's a lifelong pursuit for staying intellectually young and energetic.
  • Habit Formation for a Purposeful Life:Cultivating healthy habits ensures lifelong structure and purpose; the Goldilocks rule applies—neither too easy nor too difficult.
  • Gratitude as Stress Buster:Daily gratitude practice counters hedonic adaptation; acknowledging blessings prevents the pursuit of happiness from becoming a source of unhappiness.

Planning Retirement Purposefully

  • Retirement as a Lifelong Phase:Retirement is a significant life phase; planning it purposefully helps embrace it gracefully and move on meaningfully.
  • Contributing Back to Society: Retirees can find purpose in selfless service; contributing to society and staying engaged leads to a happy and satisfied retirement.
  • A Refreshing Perspective on Old Age: Shifting the outlook on old age from a cynical view to a perspective of fantastic realities proves refreshing and empowering.
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