When we talk with pre-retirees the majority say that they believe the key to happiness is having enough money to enjoy their lives. But, happiness has nothing to do with aging or money. Studies have continuously shown that our brains are more often programmed to be optimistic than pessimistic as we grow older.
Yet, when we talk with those already retired, they place more importance on good relationships and good health. Money becomes less important with retirees compared to other aspects of their lives, such as nurturing relationships and engaging in fulfilling activities.
Achieving your goals will certainly help you live a happy life. However, happiness itself is not a goal; it is a precondition to living the life that you want.
PERMA is an acronym that describes five conditions said to lead to “authentic happiness at any age.” PERMA should be the values you aspire to achieve a happy retirement. That is:
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